Sean Keith, a drug and device injury lawyer, filed thirty-five transvaginal mesh lawsuits last week on behalf of clients in Arkansas and Oklahoma. This was the most cases that have been filed in a week by the law firm who have been representing clients for TVM lawsuits over the last two years. Sean works with clients throughout the State of Arkansas and has also been referred clients from other attorneys across the country. Sean is a part of the national plaintiff’s committee serving on the regulatory and privilege log committees for the J&J/Ethicon multi-district litigation. Sean will also begin conducting depositions of key employees of J&J/Ethicon.
“Our firm represents clients who have had this TV mesh manufactured by Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems (AMS), Ethicon/J&J and Coloplast and as a result of that we have filed in at least four of the MDL that are going on in West Virginia.” said Sean.
Because these transvaginal lawsuits were filed across the United States and offer many of the same allegations related to pelvic surgical mesh products, a judicial panel transferred several thousand cases filed in various federal courts to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
These cases are called mass torts. The cases have been placed into groups, known as multidistrict litigation (MDL), which involve similar claims against common defendants. Transferring them to a single court helps the federal court system process them more efficiently.
Currently the following MDL have been established in front of Judge Goodwin:
|MDL – 2187, IN RE: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic RepairSystem Products Liability Litigation|
|MDL – 2325, IN RE: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation|
|MDL – 2326 IN RE: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation|
|MDL – 2327 IN RE: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation|
|MDL – 2387 IN RE: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation|
There have also been cases filed in New Jersey and California state court and verdicts in those cases have been entered. In July 2012, a California jury entered a judgment against Bard in a lawsuit filed by Christine Scott $5.5 million after she underwent nine revision surgeries after its Avaulta Plus mesh product.
This year, in February 2013, Linda Gross won $11.11 million in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon brand over its Prolift vaginal mesh product. Gross had 18 surgeries. Sean Keith was asked to assist on the New Jersey case and worked on the privilege log to ensure that any important documents were allowed to be admitted into the trial. The New Jersey jury found that J&J failed to warn patients and doctors about the risks of its mesh products and made fraudulent misrepresentations.
Sean emphasized: “The deadline for filing these cases is fast approaching. Some states have longer periods of time to file these lawsuits than others and if you had a sling or tvt procedure you should contact an attorney right away.”
If you had surgery to repair SUI (stress urinary incontinence) or POP (pelvic organ prolapse) during the last ten years and have suffered any of the following you should contact Sean or a qualified drug and device injury attorney before the time runs out for a free evaluation:
- Extreme pain
- Mesh erosion
- Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse)
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
- Recurrence of urinary incontinence
- The need for multiple surgeries
You can reach Sean by calling 1800-698-3644 or by clicking on the contact us link. A member of our firm will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your case.