A $16 million transvaginal mesh lawsuit settlement involving pelvic inserts from Coloplast may resolve hundreds of cases against the Denmark-based company, according to Bloomberg News.
An article posted on March 4th indicates that plaintiffs in 400 claims against Coloplast A/S, which is known for its post-surgical ostomy and urine bags, may receive up to $40,000 each to compensate for injuries allegedly caused by its products. According to women in these cases, mesh erosion, bleeding, chronic pain, vaginal bleeding and other injuries may result from use of the company’s devices. Coloplast failed to adequately test its products for safety and effectiveness before bringing them to market, plaintiffs allege.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement was reached this past January in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where thousands of federally-filed vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated. Settlement talks are currently underway in several proceedings established at this location, Bloomberg.com reports, where Boston Scientific Corp., American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and C.R. Bard are preparing to defend lawsuits over their pelvic mesh. Between these separate litigations, a total of 40,000 claims have been filed.
As these negotiations continue, some members of the legal community predict significant updates in the nationwide transvaginal mesh lawsuit litigation.
“It appears that momentum is building for some type of global resolution as more of these vaginal-mesh cases settle,” a product-liability law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia tells Bloomberg.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand is an active member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in federal litigations involving implants from C.R. Bard and American Medical Systems, as well as mesh produced by Ethicon and Boston Scientific Corp.
In addition to lawsuits filed at the federal court level, a number of vaginal mesh cases have been consolidated in proceedings established in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. In a multicounty proceeding involving C.R. Bard products, a total of 980 claims have been filed over its line of Avaulta devices. 4,744 claims involving Ethicon products are also underway.
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