New York, NY - October 7th, 2013 - Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits are progressing in federal court notwithstanding a possible mass settlement involving five other mesh manufacturers, according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which represents clients in vaginal mesh implant injury lawsuits, notes that a recent judicial order offers pretrial recommendations for planning for the first Ethicon bellwether trial.
Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the consolidation of federal court cases involving six different vaginal mesh manufacturers, issued an order outlining the schedule for pretrial proceedings in the run-up to the February 2014 trial of plaintiff Carolyn Lewis’s lawsuit against Ethicon, according to court documents (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation; MDL-2327, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.)
“So far, news stories indicate that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon is not involved in the mass settlement talks,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “That could change, though. It is certainly not unheard of for cases to be settled on the eve of trial, so to speak.”
Although Ethicon is not involved in talks about a mass settlement, there are five manufacturers who are. C.R. Bard, Endo Health Solutions (American Medical Systems), Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast and Cook Medical are the vaginal mesh manufacturers reported to be involved in the talks, according to Bloomberg.
There are currently more than 30,000 lawsuits pending in a federal court consolidation. The settlement talks are looking to resolve nearly all of those, the article said. So far this year Endo has already paid out more than $50 million in vaginal mesh settlements.
Women are filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging that they have suffered adverse side effects such as pain and discomfort, in addition to device erosion, according to court documents.
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP encourages those who believe they have suffered from the alleged side effects of their vaginal mesh implants to visit the firm’s FAQ page for quick answers to questions about mesh harms and lawsuits. For updates on vaginal mesh lawsuit news, visit RLG's vaginal mesh Facebook Page.
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