The federal transvaginal mesh (TVM) litigation is underway in West Virginia, where Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit is defending its mesh products. Our team of TVM attorneys is keeping a close eye on this litigation as it moves forward. Here are some of the most recent developments.
Johnson & Johnson recently submitted a request to investigate the source of phone calls made to women across the country, soliciting information on their medical history with TVM products. The company was concerned these phone calls resulted in “baseless” lawsuits over its TVM devices. Yesterday, Reuters reported that the company dropped its request. Many believe the request was merely a delay tactic.
The judge overseeing this case, Judge Goodwin, told lawyers that this request was not helpful in establishing mutual trust between the company and the injured plaintiffs. Johnson & Johnson is just one of seven TVM manufacturers subject to injury lawsuits, though it is certainly the largest. More than 70,000 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women injured by mesh products, about 35,000 of which are against J&J.
TVM products are implanted in women to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. These products, which appear as plastic surgical mesh, were minimally tested and so poorly designed that the injuries are devastating women and their families. Some of the complications of TVM devices include:
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¢ Multiple corrective surgeries ¢ Mesh erosion or perforation ¢ Painful sexual intercourse ¢ Extreme abdominal and pelvic pain ¢ Recurrence of stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse ¢ Infection ¢ Nerve damage ¢ Bleeding
These side effects impact every aspect of women’s lives, causing extensive emotional harm along with physical. Adding insult to injury, most women were never informed of the massive risks they were taking before undergoing the TVM procedure.
Due to this extreme negligence, injured women across the country are filing lawsuits against TVM manufacturers. In addition to Johnson & Johnson, the other manufacturers are: American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Neomedic, Cook Medical, and Coloplast.
These companies have already paid millions to settle injury cases and pay jury verdicts; Coloplast agreed to pay $16 million to settle about 400 cases, and American Medical Systems recently agreed to a $54.5 million settlement. One of the largest jury verdicts occurred in 2013, when Linda Gross won $11.11 million for her injuries sustained from the Prolift mesh.
We are currently investigating cases of serious injury from pelvic and transvaginal mesh products. Our TVM lawyersprovide free, confidential, no-obligation case reviews to victims and their families nationwide. We do not charge any attorneys’ fees unless we get you a settlement.