Lawsuits against Mesh Implant Manufacturer C.R. Bard to be Inventoried, Judge Orders
Dylan Hughes

On December 31, 2013, Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued a Pretrial Order requesting that attorneys for the plaintiffs in In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation provide an inventory of all claims in the lawsuit. This will include both filed and unfiled cases, as well as cases that are currently pending in other jurisdictions and will later be transferred to the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL). More »

Amy Zeman

Bloomberg News reported that on December 2, 2013, plaintiffs in a consolidated lawsuit against Ethicon, Inc. filed a motion alleging that the company destroyed or misplaced documents related to the litigation. Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) that manufactures Gynecare Prolift, a vaginal mesh insert used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. More »

Coloplast Mesh Lawsuits Move Along in U.S. while Dangers of Mesh Implants Become Public in UK

Alex Neil, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-Being, has been very vocal about his belief that the dangers of transvaginal mesh implants must be made public. In a public statement before the Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee, Neil noted that adverse transvaginal mesh surgeries have “caused a lot of heartache to say the least,” and that “there has been a lot of disquiet and . . . very unsuccessful procedures which have had a long-term impact on the women affected,” according to the Daily Record UK. Neil told the audience that he is working to ensure that when “any woman comes forward for this procedure or is referred for this procedure, that [she is] made absolutely, totally aware of the risks involved.” More »

Linh Vuong

On October 9, 2013, the Massachusetts appeals court reversed a decision by the Suffolk County Superior Court to dismiss a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. According to the appeals court order, the trial court had thrown out Allen v. Boston Scientific Corp. due to a technical finding that the complaint did not meet pleading standards to stay in court. The state appeals court disagreed and found that plaintiff Billie Allen had provided enough factual details in her complaint to show that she suffered injuries from mesh devices. As a result, the appeals court reinstated Ms. Allen’s claims. More »