CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a surprising move, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon settled one of the bellwether cases it was facing in federal court.
On March 10, almost five days into trial, the jurors were informed that a settlement was reached in one of the first cases on the multi-district litigation panel overseeing thousands of transvaginal mesh claims against Ethicon Inc.
Little detail was provided but the announcement came shortly after Ethicon was hit with another multi-million dollar verdict in another transvaginal mesh case.
Bellwether cases are important to large-scale dockets such as the transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the West Virginia federal court. The bellwether case is one of the first taken to trial in the MDL and often sets the tone for the remainder of the cases. The move by Ethicon to settle is a sign that they are exceedingly wary of how the company will fare in the thousands of other lawsuits it faces in the MDL for its defective transvaginal mesh product.
The Problems with Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic netting that is commonly used to treat stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and other pelvic floor disorders.
The mesh shores up the weakened muscles and tissue in the region in order to prevent the neighboring organ from falling through (i.e. pelvic organ prolapse) and helps maintain control over the bladder.
Unfortunately for thousands of women who had transvaginal mesh implanted, they are now suffering from various health complications. The mesh has been found to erode quickly or break off into pieces. This causes pain, incontinence, bleeding, tissue damage, scarring, infection, and painful sexual intercourse. The end result is that the mesh often caused prolapse and incontinence despite its original intentions.
The problem became so prevalent that the FDA released a safety communication warning against the used of transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and other pelvic floor disorders. In the federal district court in West Virginia, thousands of transvaginal mesh cases against the seven major mesh manufacturers such as Ethicon have been consolidated to one docket with the hopes of getting all of the cases quickly to trial.
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Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by a transvaginal mesh implant. Lawsuits have been filed against the device maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous device. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our transvaginal mesh lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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