The first trial against the Johnson & Johnson-owned subsidiary Ethicon over its vaginal mesh implants has been set for August 2014. There are currently more than 10,000 Ethicon mesh lawsuits pending in federal courts.
Recently, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin ordered the date of the first Ethicon vaginal mesh trial for August 19, 2014. Lawsuits against the manufacturer have been have been consolidated and transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Vaginal mesh implants have been linked to organ perforation, vaginal bleeding and scarring, painful intercourse, various infections and the need for revision surgery.
C.R. Bard Inc., Endo Health Solutions Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., along with two other manufacturers of vaginal-mesh implants accused of injuring thousands of women are in settlement talks over their devices; however, Johnson & Johnson has not been involved in settlement discussions, according to Bloomberg News.
In February, a plaintiff was awarded $11.1 million in damages against Ethicon after she sued the manufacturer. Linda Gross said that she suffered complications from her vaginal mesh implant and had to undergo 18 surgeries.
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