CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Once again transvaginal mesh companies facing thousands of lawsuits are strongly urged by the presiding judge to settle the cases.
On Thursday, February 5th, the federal judge presiding over the transvaginal mesh multi-district litigation in the U.S. District Court for West Virginia, Judge Joseph Goodwin, strongly urged the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh or bladder sling devices to reach a settlement with the over 72,000 women suing them.
As more cases continue to be filed against seven major medical device manufactures – including Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson’s division Ethicon, Endo, and C.R. Bard – the judge did not mince words with the defendants or plaintiffs at the latest meeting. The court-supervised meeting involved the lead lawyers for the victims, company leaders, and the leading defense lawyers for each company.
Judge Goodwin pressed on the issue that it will take decades to hear all of the cases and cost both sides millions of dollars just in lawyer fees. To stress his point the judge made it clear he would send cases to trial as quickly as possible, “I’m going to kick it into high gear and ask that you do the same.” This is not the first time the judge has suggested defendants need to settle and plaintiffs need to face reality. In December Judge Goodwin told C.R. Bard he couldn’t “imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try and achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum.”
American Medical Systems, one of the other defendants, has already made the decision to settle more than 20,000 lawsuits. The judge praised the company’s efforts which will involve setting up a $1.6 million settlement fund. Another defendant, Coloplast A/S, has decided to set aside $16 million for 400 cases cases currently filed against it in this court.
Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, and Ethicon, however, appear to remain defiant. Lawyers for all three companies made it clear they are prepared for hundreds of additional cases to be filed. This is despite the fact all three companies are already facing millions in verdicts.
Transvaginal mesh products were a common surgical tool used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. Instead thousands of women found it caused infection, chronic pain, and organ perforation.
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