update Federal Judge Orders Review of C.R. Bard Avaulta Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

A federal court judge in West Virginia recently ordered a census of existing C.R. Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuits in his court, according to the Dec. 31, 2013, court order. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which maintains a vaginal mesh lawsuits website at http://www.vaginalmeshlawsuitcenter.net and represents clients in mesh lawsuits, explains the news.

Bard Avaulta lawsuits make up about 6,000 of the more than 40,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in federal court in West Virginia before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, according to court documents (In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation; MDL-2187, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia). Goodwin’s order cited the sheer size of the multidistrict litigation as among the needs to periodically take an accounting of the body of suits.

“Multidistrict litigations are the consolidation of closely related lawsuits for pretrial efficiency,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “A census can help ensure that the pretrial proceedings run as smoothly as possible.”

Women are filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging they suffered injuries from serious adverse side effects such as pain, discomfort and the erosion of the mesh implant, according to court documents.

At least two Bard bellwether trials had outcomes in which the plaintiff received compensation. In the first, on Aug. 15, 2013, a jury awarded plaintiff Donna Cisson about $2 million in damages, according to court documents (Cisson v. C. R. Bard, Inc., 2:11-cv-00195; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia). In the second trial, which occurred in the same month, plaintiff Wanda Queen settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, according to court documents (Queen et al v. C. R. Bard, Inc., 2:11-cv-00012; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia).

 

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