Vaginal Mesh Helpline and Vaginal Mesh Lawyers keep you updated on the latest vaginal mesh lawsuit news. As we told you in a previous vaginal mesh lawsuit update, the mesh trials have begun as a part of a consolidated MDL’s for each manufacturer. The first step in a lawsuit is usually a motion for summary judgement. This is an attempt by the manufacturers to get the cases thrown out so that they never go to trial. It is a weak attempt and has been denied for all motions.
On June 4, Judge Goodwin denied vaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard’s motion for partial summary judgment of four plaintiffs’ punitive damages claims, according to court documents in MDL No. 2187, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
vaginal mesh manufacturers in West Virginia federal court
MDL No. 2187 (against C.R. Bard),
MDL No. 2387 (against Coloplast),
MDL No. 2326 (against Boston Scientific),
MDL No. 2327 (against Ethicon)
MDL No. 2325 (against American Medical Systems).
On June 4 Judge Goodwin decided on motions brought by both parties in the first four cases scheduled for trial in the MDL against C.R. Bard (MDL No. 2187).
Among the motions Judge Goodwin decided was C.R. Bard’s motion for summary judgment–i.e., motion for pre-trial judgment in Bard’s favor–on the first four cases’ punitive damages claims. Judge Goodwin denied that Bard motion for summary judgment on the unitive damages claims, according to court documents.
The first four cases in the MDL against Bard won’t be going to trial until July. There has already been a verdict in a vaginal mesh injury case brought against Bard in another jurisdiction. In July 2012, a California Superior Court jury awarded $5 million to Christine Scott for injuries caused by Bard’s Avaulta mesh, and $500,000 to her husband for his loss of consortium (Scott vs Kannappan, Cause Number S-1500-CV-266034).