Mesh Manufacturers in Talks to Settle
Five mesh manufacturers are said to be moving towards settlement over transvaginal mesh lawsuits that have been consolidated into multi-district litigation in West Virginia. The manufacturers that are involved in the talks are C.R. Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific Corporation, Coloplast Corporation, and Cook Medical Inc.
Most of the companies face over 12,000 lawsuits, while Coloplast and Cook collectively face about 1000. Another device giant, Johnson & Johnson, also faces over 12,000 lawsuits, but is not involved in settlement talks at this time.
Plaintiffs are hoping that U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin will appoint a settlement committee in order to facilitate talks. The talks would cover about 30,000 individual cases, a number that could rise to about 50,000. The settlement is thought to have a multi-billion dollar value.
The history of transvaginal mesh cases going to trial has not been positive to manufacturers:
- Endo has already settled an unknown number of cases for $54.5 million
- A California jury demanded that Bard pay $5.5 million to a woman injured by mesh. Under the law, the company will be liable for $3.6 million
- A New Jersey jury demanded that Johnson & Johnson pay $11.1 million in damages to a woman injured by Gynecare Prolift
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Source: Bloomberg News, “Bard, Vaginal-Mesh Makers, Said to be in Settlement Talks”