update Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Bellwether Cases Chosen, Trials Pushed Back

By order dated January 29, Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is overseeing the multidistrict litigation of federal lawsuits involving the Ethicon GYNECARE PROLIFT vaginal mesh product, selected two cases to be tried before the others. The court named Diane M. Bellew v. Ethicon and Brenda Lehrer v. Ethicon as bellwether cases and ordered  trial of Ms. Bellew’s case to begin on December 4, 2014. The court had previously ordered trial of bellwether cases to begin in August.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon’s vaginal mesh lawsuits are progressing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP notes that while there are six different transvaginal mesh lawsuit consolidations for as many manufacturers, Ethicon is the only company not reportedly involved in mass settlement talks.

Women are filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging they suffered from adverse side effects such as pain and discomfort, in addition to device erosion, according to court documents. Vaginal mesh products were designed to enable doctors to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP encourages those who believe they have suffered from the alleged side effects of their vaginal mesh implants to speak with a qualified lawyer immediately.

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