Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits are progressing in federal court notwithstanding a possible mass settlement involving five other mesh manufacturers.
Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the consolidation of federal court cases involving six different vaginal mesh manufacturers, issued an order outlining the schedule for pretrial proceedings in the run-up to the February 2014 trial of plaintiff Carolyn Lewis’s lawsuit against Ethicon.
Settlements Still Possible
“So far, news stories indicate that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon is not involved in the mass settlement talks,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “That could change, though. It is certainly not unheard of for cases to be settled on the eve of trial, so to speak.”
Although Ethicon is not involved in talks about a mass settlement, there are five manufacturers who are. C.R. Bard, Endo Health Solutions (American Medical Systems), Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast and Cook Medical are the vaginal mesh manufacturers reported to be involved in the talks.
There are currently more than 30,000 lawsuits pending in a federal court consolidation. The settlement talks are looking to resolve nearly all of those, the article said. So far this year Endo has already paid out more than $50 million in vaginal mesh settlements.
The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh
If you or someone you know has had surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or another type of pelvic surgery that involved the implantation of surgical mesh, and is experiencing symptoms consistent with malfunction, seek medical attention immediately. The next step is to contact an experienced attorney to see whether you or the person you know has grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. The amount of compensation from a vaginal mesh lawsuit can include damages for full medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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