August 8, 2012 — The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) has ordered that federal Coloplast pelvic mesh lawsuits must be consolidated into one federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia. There are currently four other vaginal mesh MDLs pending in this court, against Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems. Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presides over approximately 650 vaginal mesh lawsuits. Another vaginal mesh MDL is located in Georgia, but most of those cases have already settled.
The judicial panel issued their order on August 6, 2012. Coloplast is aware of 24 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in federal court involving their products. Of these, 13 will be transferred to the Coloplast pelvic mesh MDL. The number of lawsuits will grow if more women contact an attorney and file a Coloplast pelvic mesh lawsuit.
The panel decided an MDL was warranted because all 13 cases involve common injuries and matters of fact. The plaintiffs allege that there were defects with the Coloplast pelvic mesh that caused them to suffer grievous injuries after they got the device to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).
Centralizing the lawsuits into one court has many advantages, which is why most major drug injury and medical device litigation is centralized into an MDL. The single location serves the convenience of the parties, reduces the risk of duplicate discovery or rulings in multiple courts, increases efficiency, and reduces costs.
Hundreds of women have contacted a vaginal mesh lawyer for information on how to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit and join the ongoing litigation. The FDA has published two safety announcements after receiving thousands of reports of severe injuries caused by vaginal mesh. The devices are known to erode into the vagina and perforate internal organs (most often the bladder, blood vessels, intestines, and vagina). The device can also shrink, disfigure the vagina, cause nerve damage, or severe scarring.
Some women have been permanently injured by vaginal mesh, and despite multiple corrective surgeries, they have significantly decreased quality of life. Recently, a jury in Bakersfield, California awarded Christine Scott $5.5 million for her vaginal mesh injuries, in the first-ever vaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial.
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