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Martin P. Schrama is an expert Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He is also the Chair and Co-Founder of the Stark & Stark Mass Tort Litigation practice, as well as a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property practices.

You have seen a lot of commercials and have probably been searching the internet for some straightforward explanations about Paragard. Here is a simple guide to Paragard lawsuits and settlements in four easy steps:

  • Step 1: Get Your Medical Records Confirming Your IUD Implant.
  • Step 2: Identify Your Paragard IUD Implant.
  • Step 3: Identify Your Related Injury.
  • Step 4: Contact a Paragard Attorney.


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So, what is my defective hernia mesh case worth?

It is a very simple question, but you have done quite a bit of research and consulted with supposed experts – and no one can give you a straight answer. The answer is that no one knows specifically what your case is worth right now, that is why there are ongoing nationwide litigations. But before you go back to your Google search, while no one can tell you specifically what your case is worth, we can tell you what attorneys consider when they estimate the potential value of hernia mesh cases.

Here is what you need to consider:

  1. What were the settlement values in similar litigations?
  2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your individual case?
  3. What can you expect to walk away with?

Helpful hint: If someone does tell you that they know exactly what your hernia mesh case is worth – at best they have no idea what they are talking about; and at worst they are an infomercial trying to sell you something. The same holds true for anyone guaranteeing a favorable outcome. This is litigation and there is always a chance that plaintiffs in litigation lose, making their cases worth nothing.


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How Do I Know If I Have a Zantac Cancer Claim?

You have already done quite a bit of internet research and likely found that getting to the answer can be a little more complicated than it sounds. “Zantac” is just the brand name of a popular heartburn drug called ranitidine (kind of like Xerox is just the popular brand name of a copy machine). So we will just use the name Zantac to loosely refer to all ranitidine products. Zantac can be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over-the-counter, for different digestive issues. Zantac is produced by a bunch of drug companies you know (Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Boehringer, etc.) and a bunch of generic drug manufacturers that you have probably never heard of. You have also likely been told by now that generic drug companies are generally immune to lawsuits (yes and no – but you likely will have to prove that you were not taking generic Zantac only). In addition, you may have been taking combinations of different types of Zantac over several years, and you obviously did not save all of your Zantac receipts. All of this starts to seem complicated, but you have to break it down into more manageable parts.


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The primary Bard Hernia Mesh state litigation, pending in Rhode Island state court under Judge Gibney, is now set to begin its first bellwether trials that will focus on claims involving the Ventralex patch product, and proceed to trials involving the Composix E/X product. Not to be outdone, and though only designated in August 2018, the Bard Hernia Mesh Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under Judge Sargus, is also steaming along. Plaintiffs and Defendants have narrowed down the initial bellwether pool to six cases – three cases chosen by each side. On January 13, 2020, the parties will submit briefing detailing which cases each party believes should go to trial. Based on that briefing, on January 24, 2020, the Court will select three of those cases for the first bellwether trials. After remaining case specific discovery and motion practice, those cases will go to trial on May 11, 2020; July 13, 2020; and September 14, 2020.

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What is Zantac (ranitidine)?

You have seen a lot of commercials and have probably been searching the internet for some straightforward explanations about Zantac Cancer Lawsuits and Settlements.

Very simply, Zantac is the brand name of a common heartburn medication called ranitidine. Zantac (ranitidine) is a type of drug known as an H2 blocker, or H2 antagonist, which decreases stomach acid by blocking histamine receptors in the stomach. It can be used to treat peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and related conditions.


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The potential issues with Zantac just became a little more complicated. Zantac is the brand name of a common heartburn medication called ranitidine. As we have reported, there have been multiple, and ongoing, recalls of ranitidine after testing of lots of the drug showed unacceptable levels of the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

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On October 3, 2019, Plaintiffs in several pending class actions made a motion before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, to centralize related Allergan Biocell textured breast implants lawsuits in a Multidistrict Litigation. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) is a panel of appellate and district court judges that determine whether or not to create an MDL. A Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) is a procedure whereby qualifying cases filed in federal district courts throughout the nation are consolidated in one federal district court, before a single judge. If an MDL is created, the JPML then selects the district court and assigns a judge to preside over the litigation.

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We have already written at length about the nationwide litigation alleging contamination of Valsartan, Losartan, and Irbesartan, with carcinogenic substances. Basically, the claims are that generic versions of those drugs were being made overseas using poor manufacturing processes that caused the drugs to be tainted with impurities.

That contamination included the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), prompting mass recalls by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Those pending lawsuits point out that NDMA is the substance actually used in research facilities to induce cancer in lab rats. Accordingly, individual claims in those cases allege serious injuries such as liver damage and various cancers (including liver, kidney, colorectal, and gastric cancers).


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How Do I Know If I Have a Hernia Mesh Claim?

STEP 1: Obtain Medical Records

hernia mesh lawsuitThe first step in figuring out whether you have a potential hernia mesh claim is to confirm which type of hernia mesh you had implanted. There is a simple way to do that. Whenever doctors use a medical implant or device, like hernia mesh, it comes in its own shiny new box (as you can imagine, a lot of marketing goes into the packaging of these expensive products). The box has stickers on it that specifically identify everything about the mesh (manufacturer, model, lot number, etc.). The surgeon takes the sticker off of the box and attaches it to the Operative Report. Consisting of only a few pages, the Operative Report is a basic summary of your hernia mesh implant operation. The stickers are usually attached to the last page of the Operative Report. You can go to your medical provider and ask for your Operative Report (this should only take you a couple of days), or you can retain an attorney to formally request your operative report (this will take a few weeks).


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