The first two of four selected bellwether cases have ended with C.R. Bard being ordered to pay settlements to plaintiffs. All four cases will be litigated back-to-back in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia and will be presided over by Judge Joseph Goodwin.
In the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit filed against C.R. Bard to go to trial, the jury ordered the manufacturer of the Avaulta line of vaginal mesh devices to pay a Georgia woman $2 million for injuries she reportedly suffered. The verdict includes $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages for her serious bladder mesh injuries.
According to court documents, the plaintiff’s injuries had a significant negative impact on her life and reportedly included vaginal scarring, perforation to her internal organs, pelvic pain and pain during intercourse.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff’s Avaulta Plus mesh device was implanted in 2009 to treat her pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary continence. She developed serious complications, including bladder spasms and internal bleeding, which required multiple surgeries. She eventually had the mesh removed.
At the conclusion of the two-week trial, the jury deliberated for about 12 hours before reaching their verdict. The first attempt to litigate this case in July, ended in a mistrial after Judge Goodwin ruled that one witness’ testimony was prejudicial.
C.R. Bard agreed to settle the second transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the West Virginia federal court on August 19. In this case, the plaintiff also alleged that her implanted Avaulta transvaginal mesh caused serious complications and injury, forcing her to undergo six surgeries.
Settlement terms were not released.
A fast-track approval process known as 510(k), which does not require a formal review of a product’s safety, was used when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved Avaulta. This process has allowed many controversial products to be sent to the market, only to later be recalled.
All Avaulta transvaginal mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard and other medical device manufacturers have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston West Virginia. The last two bellwether bladder mesh lawsuits are set to go to trial in October.
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