While many brands of surgical mesh, vaginal mesh, and bladder slings remain on the market, a few have been voluntarily recalled or discontinued. These include the Protegen Sling and ObTape, which was discontinued by its manufacturer in 2006.
In June 2012, another four vaginal mesh products were voluntarily discontinued, this time by the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon: the Prolift, Prolift+ M, TVT Secur and Prosima systems. The medical device manufacturer Bard took its Avaulta mesh product off the U.S. market in July 2012.
If you received a vaginal mesh implant, a surgical mesh implant, or a bladder sling and you are suffering as a result, you might be able to recover compensation no matter what brand of mesh or sling your doctor used. To file a lawsuit for injuries you suffered as the result of a drug or medical device, that drug or medical device doesn’t have to have been recalled.
The Rottenstein Law Group is now accepting vaginal mesh lawsuit claims that concern all types of surgical mesh and vaginal mesh, whether or not those products have been recalled.
There Are Many Brands of Vaginal Mesh Still on the Market
Many brands of vaginal mesh are still on the market in the United States and Europe.
Victims of Many Mesh Brands Are Suing
Whether or not the particular brand of vaginal mesh they received has been recalled, victims of vaginal mesh injuries have filed lawsuits to obtain compensation for their injuries. They are suing several manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific.
The federal cases against four vaginal mesh manufacturers—C.R. Bard; American Medical Systems; Boston Scientific; and Ethicon—have been consolidated into four multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where District Court Judge Joseph Goodwin is presiding over pre-trial motions and discovery.
A fifth MDL is centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. That one consolidates cases against Mentor Corp., the once-manufacturer of ObTape, a vaginal mesh product that is no longer on the market in the United States.
In addition to these MDL actions, there are two mesh mass torts pending in New Jersey state court: one against the manufacturer Bard and one against the manufacturer Gynecare.
MDL allows parties whose cases share common opponents, facts, and legal issues to combine their cases for the pretrial phase only. Consolidation saves the parties’ and the judiciary’s time and resources while allowing plaintiffs the opportunity to recover an amount of compensation that corresponds to their injuries, unlike in a class action lawsuit, which provides a fixed award. At the end of the pretrial process, the parties select a handful of plaintiffs, whose cases are typical of all plaintiffs, to try their cases before juries in what are called “bellwether trials.” Bellwether trials allow the remaining plaintiffs and defendants to assess their cases and decide whether they should proceed to trial themselves or settle out of court. The first vaginal mesh bellwether trial is scheduled to begin on February 15, 2013, against C.R. Bard.
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