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Are the thousands of cases concerning multiple manufacturers’ transvaginal mesh devices close to reaching a settlement? An October 15 report reveals that Endo Health Solutions is considering it.
The company already paid $54.5 million to settle multiple cases earlier in 2013. Along with the more than 13,000 lawsuits Endo Health now faces, talks of settlements for C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific Corp., Ethicon, and Coloplast began at the end of September.
In total, over 30,000 lawsuits were filed and consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, W. Va., and likely because of the outcome of two recent lawsuits, plaintiffs have requested a settlement committee.
Concerning a potential settlement, one source told the press: “The liability seems pretty clear on these cases, so settlement makes sense. Given how serious the injuries are and the number of cases, when you do the math, you can easily come up with a multibillion-dollar settlement.”
Until a settlement is decided, lawsuits against AMS, Boston Scientific, and Ethicon will continue into 2014. As six consolidated cases are now in state and federal courts, transvaginal mesh makes up the largest pending legal case in the U.S., and if a settlement comes about, lawsuits are predicted to increase up to 50,000.
The only transvaginal mesh manufacturer not in talks for a settlement is Johnson & Johnson.
To give you some background, one of the lawsuits against C.R. Bard reached a verdict on August 16. The plaintiff, a Georgia woman who experienced organ perforation, scarring, pelvic pain, and pain during intercourse, received a $2 million amount after a two-week trial.
Less than a week after this verdict, the court reached a settlement for a North Carolina woman who went through six revision surgeries.
Unless a settlement is decided, two more trials are scheduled for October.