A Pennsylvania judge has rejected a request to have cases against five mesh makers dismissed, ruling that the companies can move for individual dismissals.
Rockville Centre, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/24/2014 -- The preliminary objections of defendant vaginal mesh manufacturers Boston Scientific Corp., Ethicon Inc., Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard Inc., and American Medical Systems Inc. were overruled without prejudice by the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) on September 2, according to an order of the court filed in In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation (case no. 140200829). The mesh manufacturers may still seek summary judgment on a case-by-case basis.
Recently, in other courts, mesh lawsuit outcomes have been mixed. In July, Boston Scientific won a bellwether trial involving its Pinnacle mesh. (Albright v. Boston Scientific Corp.; case no. 12-0909, Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, County of Middlesex). Plaintiff Diane Albright had alleged that Boston Scientific had improperly designed the Pinnacle mesh and failed to warn the public about the product’s risks, resulting in injuries to her after she received a mesh implant in 2010.* More recently, the second federal bellwether trial involving a mesh product manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon concluded, with the jury in the case finding in favor of plaintiff Jo Huskey and awarding her $3.27 million in damages, according to a September 5 Reuters report.** (Huskey v. Ethicon; No. 12-5201, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.) Most recently, the trial of a woman’s lawsuit alleging harms caused by a mesh device made by Boston Scientific ended with a $73 million award to the plaintiff, according to a Bloomberg report.*** (The case is Salazar v. Lopez, no. DC-1214349, District Court for Dallas County, 95th Judicial District of Texas (Dallas).)
“It is encouraging that the Philadelphia court did not let these five mesh manufacturers out of the cases there easily,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “The women alleging harms by those companies’ products deserve to have their claims heard and considered. If the Pennsylvania court is not the appropriate forum, then it will be elsewhere.”
Women needing more information about the alleged dangers of transvaginal mesh products should visit http://www.wehelpwomen.com/transvaginal-mesh. Representatives of the firm are available to answer any questions, and there is a confidential, no-cost claim evaluation form that can be filled out in order to determine if there are grounds to file a vaginal mesh product lawsuit.
*“Boston Scientific Wins First Vaginal-Mesh Injury Trial.” Bloomberg.com, July 30, 2014. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-30/boston-scientific-wins-first-vaginal-mesh-injury-trial.html)
***“Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $73 Million Over Implant.” Bloomberg.com, September 9, 2014. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/boston-scientific-ordered-to-pay-73-million-over-implant.html)
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