Vaginal Mesh Lawyers are accepting vaginal mesh Lawsuits as part of a multi district litigation. Vaginal mesh helpline Update
Co-Lead Counsel Appointed in Pelvic Mesh MDL
In early February 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized all federal Vaginal mesh complications lawsuits into MDL (multidistrict litigation). The plaintiffs whose cases are involved in the MDL all allege to have suffered from defective vaginal mesh products, which are surgically implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), manufactured and sold by four defendants. Each of the four defendants has been assigned its own MDL, for a total of four federal pelvic mesh MDL consolidations.
Women across the country who have been injured by mesh implants have consulted a transvaginal mesh lawyer to see if their circumstances warrant a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
Cases alleging vaginal mesh complications are consolidated
The four pelvic mesh MDL defendants are American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard and Ethicon/Gynecare. Cases against them have been consolidated into the U.S. District Court for the Western District of West Virginia, with Chief District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presiding.
All individual cases involved in the pelvic mesh MDL make similar claims, specifically that device manufactures did not perform adequate research on their products, and therefore failed to warn the medical community and consumers of possible complications, which include chronic infection, mesh erosion, and debilitating pain.
MDL assigns transvaginal mesh lawyer to lead counsel
In recent happenings, three transvaginal mesh lawyers were chosen as Coordinating Co-Lead Counsel for the pelvic mesh MDL. Their primary responsibility will be to coordinate individual tasks within the MDL. To do so, they will evaluate their peers to determine which attorneys are best suited to tasks that are common to all four MDLs.
Additionally, two attorneys were assigned as Co-Lead Counsel to each of the MDLs. These transvaginal mesh lawyer teams will speak on behalf of all plaintiffs during the pelvic mesh MDL pretrial proceedings, and will also respond to court inquiries, handle examination of witnesses, and explore settlement options.
Pelvic mesh MDL raises public awareness
Though the pelvic mesh MDLs are divided into four separate consolidations, Judge Goodwin did appoint a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. This transvaginal mesh lawyer committee, which is composed of more than 60 attorneys, crosses MDL lines to divide pretrial duties and coordinate discovery of evidence that is common to all cases.
In the meantime, transvaginal mesh lawyers involved in the MDLs expect case numbers to continue growing, since news of consolidated litigation will help inform affected women of the causes for vaginal mesh injuries.
In July 2011, the FDA increased public awareness by issuing a safety warning in regard to vaginal mesh complications, stating that the agency had been unable to find evidence that vaginal mesh devices are more beneficial than similar, less dangerous methods for treating POP.