U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, the federal judge presiding over all federal transvaginal mesh implant lawsuits, has ordered that the first four federal trials will begin this summer. The lawsuits, scheduled for trial in June 2013, will be tried separately, but all involve transvaginal mesh implants manufactured by Bard Avaulta. The lawsuits are currently part of the multi district litigation (MDL) pending in federal court in the Southern District of Virginia.

These cases, known as bellwether cases, represent a sampling of lawsuits that will provide insight to both plaintiffs and defendants on how evidence and testimony will be received by juries in the future. It is expected  the resolution of these cases will be helpful moving forward and may help expedite settlements.

If you or a loved one has experienced any injury from the use of a vaginal mesh implant, please contact Stark & Stark and speak to one of the Mass Tort attorneys, free of charge, who can help assess any claims that you might have against Johnson & Johnson.