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04/09/2014

Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Update: Consumer Group Calls for Criminal Investigation into Johnson & Johnson Destruction of Evidence

Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Update

In follow up to Audet & Partners, LLP previous reports on Johnson & Johnson’s alleged systematic destruction of documents related to the safety of its vaginal mesh products, a consumer advocacy group has asked the United States Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation in hopes that it will result in holding the company accountable for any misdeeds. According to reports, the Corporate Action Network, a consumer advocacy group, has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether or not... Read More
04/03/2014

Transvaginal Mesh Global Settlements on the Rise

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Coloplast, Inc. may be considering settling a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits against it for $16 million, Bloomberg reports.  If Coloplast A/S, one of the smaller manufacturers of mesh devices, proceeds with the settlements, legal experts predict an impending global settlement of similar lawsuits against other mesh manufacturers. Coloplast A/S, a Danish medical device company, has reportedly agreed to pay $16 million to settle various lawsuits covering approximately 400 women who sued for injuries caused by the company’s transvaginal mesh device,... Read More
03/05/2014

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women across the country who underwent transvaginal mesh surgeries to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence following serious injuries from the procedures.   The lawsuits allege that various manufacturers failed to safely design and test the vaginal mesh devices and did not adequately warn women about the risks of injury. The complainants have alleged serious injuries resulting from implantation including chronic pain, organ perforation, infection, and device erosion. The transvaginal mesh multi-district... Read More
01/09/2014

Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Reveals Possible Widespread Document Destruction by Johnson & Johnson

According to recently filed court documents, Johnson & Johnson officials systematically destroyed or lost documents relating to its vaginal mesh implants despite having been ordered to preserve that evidence. Bloomberg.com reported* the alleged document destruction in early December 2013 after court documents were filed by the attorneys representing women who have sued Johnson & Johnson over injuries associated with the transvaginal mesh devices.  Destruction of critical evidence may potentially hinder the prosecution of valid transvaginal mesh claims by affected women.  The... Read More
08/30/2013

Second Transvaginal Mesh Trial Averted By C.R. Bard Settlement

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Audet and Partners, LLP reports that a second transvaginal mesh lawsuit to be heard as part of multidistrict litigation pending in West Virginia, has been settled by C.R. Bard.* The settlement resolves claims brought by plaintiffs Wanda and Greg Queen arising out of implantation of Bard's Avaulta transvaginal mesh device, allegedly requiring six subsequent remedial surgeries. The resolved case is Queen v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston)**. Terms of the settlement were not... Read More
08/21/2013

C.R. Bard Slammed With $2 Million Transvaginal Mesh Jury Verdict

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Shortly after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00195, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston), the matter was brought back before a West Virginia jury, which rendered a substantial verdict in the amount of two million dollars.* The verdict, against C.R. Bard involved an injury that the plaintiff sustained after having an Avaulta trans-vaginal device implanted.* After deliberating, the jury rendered an award to the plaintiff in the amount of $250,000... Read More
08/07/2013

Women’s Health Law Site Launched by Audet and Partners, LLP

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Because women have unique health considerations, in addition to those they share with men, Audet & Partners LLP has launched a new website dedicated solely to issues of women’s health. The site will function as a resource for women and their loved ones to search and find resources on a wide variety of issues. The site will mainly focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices affecting the health of women across the United States. The firm’s website, Women’s Health Law Info,... Read More
06/27/2013

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claims Settled by American Medical Systems

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A unit of Endo Health Solutions, a manufacturer of transvaginal mesh, recently agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the claims against it.* The unit, American Medical Systems, disclosed the information in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.* Among the medical devices at issue in the lawsuits were the Perigee, Apogee and Elevate mesh implants.* There are currently approximately 5,000 cases against American Medical Systems relating to its transvaginal mesh products, most of which are filed in... Read More
06/12/2013

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Proceed in Federal Court

A federal judge will soon hear the first of four test lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh.* In March, the Bard Avaulta plaintiffs involved in the federal multi-district litigation in the Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston) filed a motion requesting that the court either allow the three cases to be consolidated into one single trial heard by a sole jury, or in the alternative, to allow three distinct juries to hear the same evidence presented at one trial.* Judge... Read More
04/18/2013

Transvaginal Mesh Commonly Reported Injuries

Transvaginal Mesh Common Injuries

Pelvic Organ Prolapse ("POP"), aka bladder prolapse, and Stress Urinary Incontinence ("SUI") are common conditions in women.  The University of Rochester Medical Center conducted a study of 16,616 women with a uterus and found that 41% have experienced POP.  SUI’s prevalence is said to occur in 30% of women five years after a vaginal delivery, but due to its seemingly embarrassing nature, SUI is underreported and many who suffer from it do not seek treatment.  Dr. Memel Harrison conducted a study through... Read More