According to reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s in the second quarter, C.R. Bard, a medical device manufacturer, has agreed to resolve more than 500 claims that have been brought against the company alleging that its Avaulta transvaginal mesh product is defective and dangerous.
The transvaginal mesh, or TVM, lawsuits are part of a multidistrict litigation that has been established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Prior transvaginal mesh lawsuit settlements include a $2 million payment to the plaintiff, and a second settlement in which details have not been released. According to court documents, bellwether trials are scheduled to start in January of next year.
Other recent settlements include Endo Health Systems/American Medical Systems for a total of $830 million to resolve nearly 18,000 claims and Coloplast for a total of $16 million to resolve 400 claims. According to transvaginal mesh lawsuits, these devices can cause organ perforation, mesh erosion, and other pelvic injuries, and plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers failed to adequately test their products before releasing them to the public. Defendants named in transvaginal mesh lawsuits in the U.S. include:
- American Medical Systems
- C.R. Bard
- Boston Scientific Corporation
- Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon
A coalition of “pelvic mesh survivors” has formed in Texas, requesting that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott pursue legal action against Johnson & Johnson. According to the women, the transvaginal mesh manufacturer violated Texas law that prohibits deceptive business practices, claiming that Johnson & Johnson knew of the potential dangers of its mesh products. The group also cites the cost to Texans of subsidizing care for women who received transvaginal mesh implants and who were treated at taxpayer-funded facilities.
Women who are of menopausal age or those who have had repeated pregnancies or childbirths may be more likely to suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. With the latter, the woman’s pelvic floor is weakened over time, and her organs and bladder may fall into her vagina. Transvaginal mesh is used to help to support the pelvic floor and hold these organs in place.
Do You Have a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit in Louisiana?
Contact Attorney Group for Louisiana today if you or someone you love was fitted with a mesh implant in Louisiana and you subsequently developed complications that you believe were caused by the device. There is no cost to speak with us, and we can help you determine whether you may be eligible to recover damages for your injuries. If you have a case, we can connect you with one of our affiliated attorneys in Louisiana who can file your transvaginal mesh lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process.