Vaginal Mesh Maker Coloplast to Pay $16 Million Settlement


Coloplast A/S, based in Humlebaek, Denmark, has agreed to pay nearly $16 million to settle about 400 lawsuits filed by woman and their families over injuries allegedly caused by its vaginal mesh inserts. According to Bloomberg, lawsuits have been filed over the company’s Coloplast’s Aris-Transobturator and Novasilk-Synthetic Flat Mesh System.

Vaginal mesh systems are used to support internal organs when a patient has pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Court documents say that more than one million woman have received vaginal mesh inserts over the last 15 years. Thousands of these women have filed federal lawsuits against mesh makers including Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc., Cook Medical, and Boston Scientific Corp. Many of these lawsuits have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under Judge Joseph Goodwin.

J&J Claims Win in First TVT Retropubic Sling Case

In February, Judge Goodwin granted judgment for Johnson & Johnson over its TVT Retropubic sling after a plaintiff  “failed to present sufficient evidence to support her claim that a defect in the device caused her injury.” It was the first of more than 12,000 cases filed against J&J in the MDL to go to trial.

Last year, in the first J&J vaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial, an Atlantic City jury awarded $11.1 million to a woman who suffered injuries from a Prolift device. J&J maintains that its Prolift and TVT Retropubic are safe and effective, and that adequate warnings of the risks of the devices have been provided to users, Bloomberg reported.

J&J, Coloplast and Bard, as well as 30 other vaginal mesh device makers were ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to study and report their findings regarding vaginal mesh complications and organ damage.

Moving On

An attorney for Coloplast told Judge Goodwin this year that the company has “reached a resolution with one major inventory of cases,” though the exact number of cases is unknown. Coloplast has also made settlement offers “to five other groups and we are optimistic we will be able to reach agreement on resolution” of the cases. The attorney said Coloplast’s goal is to resolve all vaginal mesh cases filed over the company’s products. “We’d like to address the entire inventory so that we can buy our peace and move on down the road,” court transcripts show the attorney as saying.

Have You Been Injured by Transvaginal Mesh Devices?

If you have been injured by a transvaginal mesh device, the vaginal mesh attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP will thoroughly evaluate your case, and work with you to file a claim for financial compensation before the April 15 deadline. For a free case evaluation, or to speak with one of our attorneys regarding transvaginal mesh injuries, call now 888-217-3033 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form. Learn more at The Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Center.

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