The first bellwether case in a federal Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuit litigation has been scheduled to begin trial in February 2014, a month later than its expected start date, according to a recent court update.
An Order issued October 4th in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia shows that the first federal Ethicon trial will now begin on February 10, 2014. Documents show that the case, which was filed in July 2012 by a woman alleging mesh erosion and other injuries caused by a Gynecare TVT mesh implant she received in November 2009, was expected to head to trial in January 2014.
This particular Ethicon mesh lawsuit has been selected to serve as the first bellwether case in the litigation, the outcome of which will hopefully serve as an indicator of how future juries will rule in similar actions filed over the company’s Gynecare implants. The second trial is slated for May 27th, 2014.
The proceeding’s third bellwether trial involves a lawsuit brought by an Ethicon Prolift mesh device recipient. Scheduled to head to trial in August 2014, a jury will not be determined until next year. Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits have also been consolidated in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court, where at least 4,400 cases have been filed.
Earlier in March, a plaintiff whose claims were filed at this location was awarded over $11 million after a jury found Ethicon liable for injuries caused by one of its pelvic mesh devices. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner at the nationwide law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP, served on the trial team for this case, and is currently serving on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the federal Ethicon litigation.
In the Southern District of West Virginia, numerous federal proceedings that involve transvaginal mesh lawsuits against manufacturers including C.R. Bard Inc., Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems have been established. Between these proceedings, court records estimate that some 30,000 cases have been filed.
Women who received products from Ethicon’s line of Gynecare implants are continuously coming forward to file claims against the manufacturer. Transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Call today mesh lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your case at .