Cook Medical, Inc. is named as the defendant in a number of vaginal mesh lawsuits recently consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in a West Virginia federal court. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) approved consolidation for Cook Medical vaginal mesh lawsuits on June 11, 2013.
The vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into the West Virginia federal court from New Jersey, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. There are currently eight cases in the Cook Medical MDL.
The Cook Medical MDL is In re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2440. The cases are being presided over by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is also hearing the other five vaginal mesh MDLs involving CR Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Coloplast Corp., and Boston Scientific Corp.
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered vaginal mesh manufacturers, including CR Bard and Johnson & Johnson, to conduct three year trials of their vaginal mesh products in order to collect safety information. The trials are also intended to address commonly reported health complications involving pelvic pain and internal damage associated with vaginal mesh implants.
However, Johnson & Johnson announced during the summer of 2012 that it would be removing its vaginal mesh products from the market, possibly unburdening them from having to conduct product trials.
Still, Carey Danis & Lowe vaginal mesh lawyers are encouraged by the consolidation of these Cook Medical vaginal mesh cases into an MDL in West Virginia. Our vaginal mesh lawyers believe that plaintiffs who allege injuries from vaginal mesh products deserve their day in court.
Carey Danis & Lowe continues to hear from individuals who claim injury from vaginal mesh products, and as such, is currently accepting vaginal mesh cases. For a free legal evaluation and for assistance in filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519 or submit a personal injury claim form.