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Rumored Dismissal of First Ethicon MDL Bellwether Case

ethicon johson johnsonThe first transvaginal mesh lawsuit in the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a West Virginia federal court has reportedly discontinued proceedings following a ruling for dismissal handed down by the court.

The plaintiff in the case, Carolyn Lewis, filed her transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon after sustaining injuries that she believes were caused by a product manufactured by Ethicon that provides structural support to failing pelvic muscles. Lewis claims that the Ethicon device was poorly designed, and resulted in her sustaining serious internal injuries.

In a number of cases involving defective transvaginal mesh, certain devices prove to be incompatible for long-term internal use, and they begin to shrink, harden, and erode, all while still implanted in the patient. Transvaginal mesh erosion is one of the most commonly reported adverse events, and causes serious injuries to the patient, including organ damage.

As expressed in the Bloomberg article, it has still not yet been verified with the court if the Lewis case has in fact been rejected, an outcome that would relieve Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon of responsibility for the plaintiff’s injuries.

The transvaginal mesh attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are eager to see the impact that this first bellwether case has on the remaining bellwether cases in the Ethicon MDL. Carey Danis & Lowe is a plaintiff’s litigation law firm headquartered in St. Louis, with additional offices across the country. Our team of litigators represents victims of defective medical devices, among them transvaginal mesh products.

Though the first bellwether case has reportedly been rejected, such an outcome should not discourage anyone who believes that they have been injured by a transvaginal mesh product from seeking legal assistance. Carey Danis & Lowe encourages you to begin exploring your legal options and your eligibility for compensation today in a free initial consultation.

Our lawyers are available now to hear your transvaginal mesh story. Call us at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.