C.R. Bard Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Head to Trial


Transvaginal mesh lawsuits in the federal multidistrict litigation involving C.R. Bard pelvic mesh products have finally begun. Court records indicate that jury selection or the first of the four trials began in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia on July 29th. Opening arguments have been delivered, and testimony is now underway. C.R. Bard is accused of knowing that plastic deemed unsafe for human use was used in its Avaulta mesh products designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

This is the second jury assembled to hear arguments in the case.  A first attempt at trial was declared a mistrial just two days into testimony after a gynecological expert called as a witness for the plaintiff strayed into a discussion of issues previously ruled inadmissible.

Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Move Forward in West Virginia Federal Court

Meanwhile, a pretrial order was issued on July 26th in the federal proceeding underway in the Southern District of West Virginal for transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit. The order indicates that the Court granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel responses to some requests made in discovery. The ruling might have an impact on the 8,460 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in the federal Ethicon litigation.

Meanwhile, over 4,360 Ethicon transvaginal mesh cases involving similar allegations have been filed at the state court level in a multicounty litigation initiated in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court.  That litigation’s first trial ended in March, after the jury hearing the case found that Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift device was defective and awarded the plaintiff more than $11 million.

There are also another 800 lawsuits involving C.R. Bard products that are being overseen by the same New Jersey judge and which are pending in a different proceeding.

Filing a C.R. Bard or Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

If you suffered injuries after receiving a mesh device manufactured by C.R. Bard or Ethicon, you should act now to contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer who can help you with your claim. Call Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about mesh lawsuits at 1-888-217-3033.

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