ST. LOUIS — For the first time since it began facing transvaginal mesh lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a settlement.
Four transvaginal mesh cases have reached a settlement deal with J&J. The details of the settlement are confidential but one of the plaintiffs is from Missouri and was suing J&J in state court. Since 2012, J&J has refused to even entertain talks of settlements and has not joined in any settlement conversations between plaintiffs’’ lawyers and transvaginal mesh manufacturers.
This is the first of what are hopefully more steps by the medical device manufacturer to compensate victims suffering from its products as it faces more than 23,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
The settlement announcement was made shortly after more than 100 transvaginal mesh victims requested a federal judge to create a settlement fund in relation to J&J unit Mentor Corp.’s settlement. One hundred and eleven plaintiffs asked a Georgia federal judge to create a qualified settlement trust fund to be created that would hold, manage, and distribute funds agreed to in confidential settlements reached back in April 2014.
What is a Qualified Settlement Fund?
A qualified settlement fund is authorized by the government and creates an independent source that distributes money set aside for a settlement. Typically this is created in class action cases or in cases such as the transvaginal mesh multi district litigation in Georgia. The establishment of the settlement fund is meant to compensate current and future victims of Mentor Corp.’s defective transobturator vaginal sling known as ObTape. Mentor discontinued the product in 2006 but has been accused of failing to properly test the transvaginal mesh prior to its introduction in 2003. Mentor will pour into the trust what was agreed to in the confidential settlements. The company is then released from the litigation. The fund is then managed by an independent, qualified trustee, who determines the payment process, handles ongoing claim resolutions, and manages the funds.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic surgical fabric that is used to help prevent pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Both conditions are caused by a weakening of the muscles in the pelvic region. Pelvic organ prolapse results in the organs slipping out of place and falling into the vagina. Stress urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine caused by movement such as exercise and running. Both are conditions more commonly experienced by women who have given childbirth, had a hysterectomy, or experienced menopause. Transvaginal mesh was designed to help with both.
The mesh (also known as a vaginal sling or a bladder sling) is meant to support the weakened muscles, thus preventing prolapse or incontinence. Many patients found, however, that it had the opposite effect. The mesh would erode and sections of the mesh would break off. This often leads to organ perforation i.e. the mesh pieces puncturing the neighboring organs in the region. Furthermore, it can cause significant pain, infection, internal scarring, and pelvic organ prolapse itself. The result is additional surgeries to remove the mesh and replace the damage
Thousands of women have suffered at the hands of this defective device. The settlements by J&J and Mentor represent a small percentage of the transvaginal mesh lawsuits J&J and its other units are facing. If you or a loved one has suffered after having a transvaginal mesh implant inserted, please contact an attorney immediately.
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