As we have previously reported, the vaginal mesh implant litigation continues to move forward across the country. A mesh implant is a synthetic material implanted and tied to ligaments or bone to lift and support internal organs. The implants were introduced over a decade ago and serve as an alternative to hysterectomy. Thousands of women have since complained of injuries including severe pain, infections and bleeding that often require follow-up surgeries.
The federal multi-district litigation (MDL) cases Nos. 2325, 2326, 2327 and 2387 have been consolidated under Judge Goodwin in District Court in West Virginia. In a July 1, 2013, Order, the court set a trial date for the first of approximately 8,500 pending mesh cases. The first bellwether case will start the week of December 3, 2013, with the second trial to commence on May 6, 2014.
It is important that women with a vaginal mesh implant understand their legal rights. Many pelvic mesh cases also have been filed and tried in New Jersey state court.
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.