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caldera logoMesh Medical Device News Desk, August 1, 2016 ~ The following is an article written by “Samantha” who is one of the 4,000  plaintiffs in the Caldera Medical pelvic mesh litigation. She does not want to be identified because she still may seek representation.

On her own she has forged inroads to stop the “no opt-out” settlement proposal by Caldera which would have allowed Caldera Medical to avoid pelvic mesh litigation by offering what was left in its settlement pot – $11.75 million.

Last week the proposed settlement was denied by U.S. District Judge Judge Stephen V. Wilson. 

Samantha fought the proposed Caldera Medical settlement which would have offered approximately $3,000 per claim to women who said they were injured by its mesh products – T-Sling, Desara, Ascend, Hydrix, POPmesh and Vertessa.

Desara mesh by Caldera Medical

Desara mesh by Caldera Medical

As you may recall, last February, California-based mesh device maker, Caldera Medical said it was insolvent. A lawsuit with its insurance carrier Federal Insurance Company, (Chubb Insurance) had drained a $25 million insurance fund by roughly half.

Samantha was one of the 50 or so women who objected. She didn’t believe the company claims of insolvency and felt the company was deliberately undercapitalized and was hiding conflict of interest relationships with doctors who used its medical devices.

All of the women objected to Caldera’s refusal to allow women to opt-out to file their own product liability lawsuits as a violation of the Seventh Amendment to a remedy through the courts, a right under our U.S. Constitution.

So she filed motions with U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson of the Central District of California (Los Angeles) that the company was leaving settlement monies on the table by not tapping into the patent holders of the implantation method.

One week ago, Judge Stephen Wilson denied Caldera’s settlement proposal.

Now Samantha wants to take her inquiry to the next level. She will file three motions to uncover the company’s privately held secrets, secrets such as:

*Pierce the Corporate Veil of Caldera Inc. – Who are the board members and what is their conflict of interest with Caldera, this could include doctors who have ownership arrangements with the privately held company.

*Produce stockholders of Caldera Medical – Since the company is not a public one, the public cannot know the identity of stockholders who also may have beneficial financial arrangements with Caldera Medical.

 *Return at least $13 million from unsuccessful litigation with its insurance provider, Federal Insurance Co in Case No. 2:15-cv-00393-SVW-PJW District Court Central District of California.

 

Executives can no longer hide behind the corporate veil. They need to be accountable for what their companies do, because entities are responsible for socially irresponsible behavior.

 ~Simon Mainwaring

 

“I am very grateful for the ruling by the Judge Wilson few days ago. I am still unsure if my claims will be removed or remanded back to my State Court. So, in an attempt to move forward I will be filing a Motion To Pierce The Corporate Veil as it may help others. I will also be filing a Motion for the Production of the Stockholders list as I believe they too are part of the parties who should be held responsible. Additionally, a Motion to Cease  and Desist the Caldera Medical and IVUmed partnership to eradicate the incapacitation and suffering of women with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and to do no harm or spend anymore capital for this venture until harmed Americans have been paid restitution.

“Caldera Medical, a medical device company, develops differentiated surgical implants for the treatment of SUI and POP. “Millions of women in poverty-stricken countries are incapacitated by incontinence and/or prolapse and are not receiving the care they need,” stated Bryon L. Merade, Chairman and CEO, Caldera Medical, adding, “teaming up with IVUmed to eliminate the suffering of women with SUI and POP will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for women.”

“I think they will harm these women.

“I think it is important to add all pathways to find assets for those injured. The Court DENIED the motion for final settlement approval and class action certification. The Court DENIED the motion for attorneys’ fees as moot. The Court acknowledged Caldera Medical, Inc. remains a solvent, operational business without evidence of it’s potential liquidated value.

“So, I think it is reasonable to also include the assets of the Board of Directors and the stockholders as two of them were coinventors of devices for Caldera Medical, Inc. I pray the Honorable Court will grant the  Piercing the Corporate Veil of Caldera Medical, Inc. to include Board of Directors and Stockholders.

“In my previous objections I attempted to provide the Honorable Court with the knowledge that my implanting surgeon owns the patent for the implantable sling procedure used on me as a human experiment, April 20, 2004 with two of Caldera Medical, Inc.’s Board of Directors. Because my implanting physician had a financial interest in the T Sling and procedure he has violated Starks Laws and False Claims Act. Maybe the Honorable Court will consider the life altering harm I and others have endured and lift the corporate veil.  As it is an equitable doctrine which imposes upon certain companies (e.g. pharmaceutical, medical device and other.) the most equitable route to compensate for life altering injuries and harm.

California courts have developed a number of factors they will consider when determining whether the Motion To Pierce the Corporate Veil, including 17 reasons I have found so far but number 9 is one we can all be sure of:

  1. Failure to adequately capitalize a corporation, the total absence of corporate assets, and undercapitalization;

“I think it is clear to the all parties that there was a failure to have capitalized and insure the medical devices brought to market by Caldera Medical, Inc. The overwhelming knowledge for the Honorable Court to consider is the POWERHOUSE BOARD of DIRECTORS that has existed since 2002. These parties knew they were failing to adequately capitalize Caldera Medical, Inc. If proper capitalization had occurred then more reasonable insurance policies would have been purchased.

“As the Honorable Court reviews these Bios I pray the court applies the “IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK IT IS A DUCK Doctrine”  These directors are not medical urological or gynecological professionals, they are INVESTORS, Bankers, Venture Capitalist. They knew exactly how to capitalize this corporation and chose not to. Whereas, there are many facts within the BIOs that confirm the reasons that under capitalization was avoidable here is one:

“Mr. Cappello has led several public and private companies including Cappello Capital Corp. (member NASD-SIPC), a global merchant bank, whose principals have conducted over $140 billion in transactions in over 50 countries. Mr. Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in corporate management, corporate finance, investment banking and merchant banking. Surely his skills alone could have prevented the issues at hand.

At this time these are the parties that I believe along with the stockholders may be affected if the Motions are approved. 

“They chose not to and the harmed me and others and should be required to make personal restitution. In reviewing the current Board any reasonable person would conclude they knew they unfunded and under insured their medical devices. I hope they and their stockholders will be held responsible for our injuries.”

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Caldera Medical 2010 To Present

Brian Merade Chair & CEO Caldera Medical

Brian Merade
Chair & CEO
Caldera Medical

Bryon L. Merade

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Merade has spent the past 21 years in Women‘s Health and Urology with the past 18 years leading organizations in this sector. Mr. Merade founded Caldera Medical in April 2002, and focuses on corporate strategy, portfolio development and intellectual property. In 1997, Mr. Merade founded Surgical Solutions, Inc. which he built into a successful medical device distribution organization focused on Gynecology and Urology technologies. Prior to founding Surgical Solutions, he served as Director of U.S. Sales for BEI Medical Systems, a publicly traded manufacturer of devices for the Gynecology market acquired by Boston Scientific. While at BEI, Mr. Merade had complete responsibility for the company‘s U.S. sales operations, which represented 88% of BEI‘s revenue. He led a team of 70 sales representatives, 15 distributors and 20 inside sales professionals. Mr. Merade began his career with Integra Precision Corporation as a Regional Sales Manager, where he had sales management responsibilities in numerous states and developed his region into the company‘s largest revenue producing and most profitable area.

Mr. Merade received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, his B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University, and an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Moorpark College.

 

 

alexander cappelloAlexander L. Cappello

Outside Director

Mr. Cappello has led several public and private companies including Cappello Capital Corp. (member NASD-SIPC), a global merchant bank, whose principals have conducted over $140 billion in transactions in over 50 countries. Mr. Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in corporate management, corporate finance, investment banking and merchant banking. He currently serves as a Trustee of the University Southern California (USC), and the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). In addition, he serves as a Trustee of the City of Hope, a Director of RAND Corporation‘s Center for Middle East Policy (CMEPP) and the RAND Russia Forum, Director of California Republic Bank (largest capitalized bank in California history) and Lead Director of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ).

Formerly he was Chairman of Inter-Tel (NASDAQ), a global leader in high speed routers and telecom solutions; Chairman of Intelligent Energy, PLC (London), a global technology leader in hydrogen fuel cells; Chairman Geothermal Resources Intl. (AMEX); as well as a Director of Cytrx (NASDAQ), Genius Products (NASDAQ) Koo Koo Roo, Inc (NASDAQ) and Chairman Advanced Biotherapeutics (OTC). Mr. Cappello also served as Chairman of the International Board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Mr. Cappello received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 1977 with honors, including recognition as an “Order of the Palm” scholar. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Goodwin College in Stamford, CT and has been inducted in the Order of Honorary Fellows at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, CA.

 

fred haneyDr. Fred Haney

Outside Director

Dr. Haney has been a venture capital fund manager and private investor for twenty six years. He is a co-founder and Chairman of NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc. He is also a co-founder of Dynamic Reconfigurable Computing, Inc., a provider of super-computer co-processors.

Dr. Haney was the founder and manager of 3i Ventures, California, a venture capital fund that invested $80 Million in 60 companies and produced top-quartile returns. He has been a principal in numerous investment transactions, and he has served on the board of directors of 25 private companies and 4 public companies. He founded the Monday Club, an active 150-member startup business mentoring group, in 1983. He was a co-founder, in 1997, of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in the U.S. Dr. Haney has held senior management positions with Scientific Data Systems, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, and TRW. The Orange County Forum for Corporate Directors named him “Director of the Year for Early Stage Companies” in 2002. In 1999, he was selected “Mentor/Angel of the Year” by the American Electronics Association in Orange County.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.

 

yuri PickoverYuri Pikover

Outside Director

Mr. Pikover held various executive, founder, and CEO-level positions at a number of private and public technology companies and has guided numerous private companies through financing, public offerings, and acquisitions. Mr. Pikover is currently a private investor and board member of 6 companies.

Previously Mr. Pikover was Chairman of 5square as well as Chairman and CEO of Access360. In 1993, he was co-founder and EVP of Xylan Corporation (XYLN), which was one of the fastest-growing technology companies in history and was responsible for the sale of Xylan to Alcatel in 1999 for $2 billion. Mr. Pikover has served as a board member of 20 companies.

Mr. Pikover was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the San Fernando Business Journal in 2005, and is a co-author of Security Provisioning: Managing Access in Extended Enterprises.

 

michael zieringMichael Ziering

Outside Director

Mr. Ziering served as Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostics Products Corporation, a medical manufacturer that employed over 650 people in Los Angeles and 1,800 worldwide, from 1999 until Siemens acquired the company for $1.86 Billion in 2006.

Mr. Ziering joined Diagnostics Products Corporation in 1986 as legal counsel, and served as Vice President-Administration from 1988 to 1994, Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1999, and as President from 1994 to 2004.

Mr. Ziering earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and is an alumnus of University of California Santa Barbara with his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

     

 

Dov TamlerDov Tamler

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Tamler joined Caldera in 2002, and has held a series of roles across the organization. He currently oversees the company’s finance, administration, and operational functions. Prior to Caldera, Mr. Tamler was Category Marketing Director for Keen, a consumer internet company, where he was responsible for the company’s largest market and oversaw revenue growth in excess of 300%. Prior to Keen, Mr. Tamler held a series of business development and marketing roles at Intel Corporation, where he partnered with consumer software companies in support of Intel’s next generation processors, including the 1999 launch of the Pentium® III Processor. Mr. Tamler received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and holds a B.A. in Communication Studies with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

Sandra MuhlfieldSandra Muhlfeld

Vice President, Research and Development

Ms. Muhlfeld joined Caldera in 2006, and is responsible for all product development, product management, and corporate marketing activities. Previously, Ms. Muhlfeld was Global Product Manager for St. Jude Medical, where she focused on implantable left ventricle leads and delivery systems for cardiac resynchronization therapy. Ms. Muhlfeld has also held several marketing positions with Guidant, including serving as Senior Product Manager for global drug eluting stent marketing. Ms. Muhlfeld received her M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut.

 

 

Pat KPat Kothari

Director of Finance

Mr. Kothari joined Caldera in 2010 and oversees the Finance and Accounting functions of the company. Prior to Caldera, Mr. Kothari was Corporate Controller at JSM, a privately held real estate development company, where he headed the Finance, Accounting and Management Information Systems. At JSM, Mr. Kothari managed the Accounting & Reporting for as many as 15 LLCs in addition to budgeting, treasury management, tax planning and annual audits. Previous to JSM, Mr. Kothari was Assistant Controller at Citysearch, an online City Guide and a wholly-owned subsidiary of InterActive Corp. At Citysearch, Mr. Kothari was instrumental in building the Accounting department from the ground up, establishing internal controls and policies. Mr. Kothari was the point person to the CFO during the CitySearch IPO process and oversaw SEC reporting post IPO. Mr. Kothari holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

 

eric geismerEric Geismar

Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel

Eric P. Geismar is Caldera Medical’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel. From 2001 through 2016, Eric was the Vice President and Chief Counsel of Medtronic Diabetes. From 2001-2008, Eric was also responsible for Business Development at Medtronic Diabetes and served on the Business Development Leadership Committee throughout his career at Medtronic. From August 1999 through 2001, Eric served as Vice President, Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel at MiniMed Inc., prior to its acquisition by Medtronic. Eric’s responsibilities included oversight of the day to day legal affairs of the company, as well as responsibilities for securities and regulatory compliance and the formation and management of strategic relationships. Eric joined MiniMed in May 1997 as Director, Legal Services & Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining MiniMed, Eric was an Associate with the Los Angeles office of Dewey Ballantine. Eric’s practice at Dewey Ballantine included securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general transactional work. Eric earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

 

 

32 Comments

  1. Doro says:

    Their company sent me a threat on Twitter. And even said they could sell to someone else.claim bankruptcy, file suit against me.
    And I don’t think I have actually mentioned that company bt name.
    While I have mentioned others.
    They told me they could track me down through cookies to get my name and IPP server and address. I told them that if I chose to stay quiet what about the rest of the women in the world. THAT I hear from Canada,England Australia, Holland, and one woman wrote me about a lady in Africa.
    I guess I will try to print it tomorrow and send to my attorney. I didn’t know I scarred them that badly

    • Jane Akre says:

      No last names here Doro okay? You scared Caldera…? Congratulations. They should be scared of the tremendous strength of this group of very pissed off women and their families. All of the manufacturers should be very scared. You are not going away. When will they get smart and do the right thing instead of paying their lawyers $500 an hour to defend them for something that is indefensible. They know it. Just my opinion of course.

  2. Sea says:

    GREAT ARTICLE ….Exposing all those who need to be exposed and digging out the truth ……

  3. Anonymous says:

    I attempted to sue the physician who implanted the Caldera T-Sling in March 2005. It was not FDA approved until several months later based on a prototype. It eroded immediately although he claimed otherwise. In his deposition he stated he had been paid from Caldera to teach others to implant with this product. Of course I lost the suit. (it didn’t go to trial until October 2011) However, this so-called doctor has settled two other suits against him for $1,000,000 and $250,000 in 2008. Illinois now posts legal actions against providers on the IDFPR (IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulations). BTW, he has offices in Evergreen Park and Orland Park, IL. His initials are KF and he claims to also have the biggest I.C. (Interstitial Cystitis) clinic in IL.

    • Autumn says:

      So now what happens

      • Jane Akre says:

        My understanding is both sides want to understand what the liquidated value of this company is. Caldera wants to make the litigation go away and plaintiffs’ attorneys do not want to see it go bankrupt because then they do not get paid and their clients get nothing. So…. it is up to the judge now. Anyone who knows more about the proceedings please contribute here…

        • CalderaInjuredVictim says:

          I do not understand why my Attorneys never did sue my Doctor. I asked them to do so. I believe all of the Attorneys involved wanted to do this quick settlement, get their big fees and hurry off to the bank.
          $3,000 means absolutely NOTHING to me. I would rather take NOTHING than to accept this insult.

  4. Autumn says:

    So now what happens Jane? Will everyone still get money depending on how many surgies? I am so upset about this whole thing it ruined my mom’s life.several surgies to remove but she is in constant pain everyday all day and the doctor thinks he got it all out but not sure. She’s a mess. When will this be over and what is the next step

    • Jane Akre says:

      Not being a doctor or a lawyers and certainly not collecting the 40 percent from your settlement, I do not understand why YOUR LAWYERS are not answering your questions!!!! That is their job! Its up to Judge Wilson whether he allows the settlement or whether Samantha prevails and opens the can of worms….. Seriously though, get your lawyers on the phone so they do their job.

  5. Sherry says:

    How can others who are Caldera Victims get in contact with the ladies gathering together to gain more information about Caldera? All of this information is completely contrary to what the attorney representing me ( or is it HIM he is representing) gave me when getting me to sign to opt in. $3000 would mean absolutely NOTHING to me. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars and been through pain worse than i can describe and still have permanent injury after multiple surgeries. Rot in Hell Caldera. I would rather have NOTHING than to take $3000 to have Caldera off the hook and another quick payday for the Attorneys representing “the Women”? Again, they get the Gold Mine and we get the SHAFT ! I would rather fight than accept this.

    • Jane Akre says:

      I can put you in touch with her if you agree to let me share your email and she agrees…. thanks.

      • Anne M says:

        I’m in the same boat as alot of these women. Had to have mesh removed in 2013. I was having uti constantly,still do. Not all of the mesh was removed at the time and in 2016 had to have another surgery and ended up loosing 10 inches of my large intestine,this is only 2 of the 4 surgeries I’ve had to endure because of the mesh,still in constant pain.
        My paralegal ( never get to talk to attorney) sounds like its a bother for her to talk to me,always has me on speaker phone. What can I do had far as speaking out to her answers. The last time I talked to someone at this firm,I was told things were to go to judges chambers January 30,2017,now they tell me they will not know anything till the end of FEBRUARY.

  6. Samantha says:

    I hope to file Motion to Pierce the Corporate Veil and Motion to Produce Stockholders List next week. All women would benefit. This is the logical next for victims. Liquidation still leaves those who allowed the under capitalization an under insured devices in the market to walk away without compensating victims.

    This director for Caldera Medical,Inc. Is also Lead Director for The Cheesecake Factory… What in the world is he doing bringing vaginal implants to market.

    Boycott The Cheesecake Factory! … Maybe we would send a message…this is about our health not their wealth!

    Alexander L. Cappello

    Outside Director Caldera Medical,Inc.

    Mr. Cappello has led several public and private companies including Cappello Capital Corp. (member NASD-SIPC), a global merchant bank, whose principals have conducted over $140 billion in transactions in over 50 countries. Mr. Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in corporate management, corporate finance, investment banking and merchant banking. He currently serves as a Trustee of the University Southern California (USC), and the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). In addition, he serves as a Trustee of the City of Hope, a Director of RAND Corporation‘s Center for Middle East Policy (CMEPP) and the RAND Russia Forum, Director of California Republic Bank (largest capitalized bank in California history) and Lead Director of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ).

    Formerly he was Chairman of Inter-Tel (NASDAQ), a global leader in high speed routers and telecom solutions; Chairman of Intelligent Energy, PLC (London), a global technology leader in hydrogen fuel cells; Chairman Geothermal Resources Intl. (AMEX); as well as a Director of Cytrx (NASDAQ), Genius Products (NASDAQ) Koo Koo Roo, Inc (NASDAQ) and Chairman Advanced Biotherapeutics (OTC). Mr. Cappello also served as Chairman of the International Board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

    Mr. Cappello received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 1977 with honors, including recognition as an “Order of the Palm” scholar. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Goodwin College in Stamford, CT and has been inducted in the Order of Honorary Fellows at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, CA.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Samantha, thank you for all you do. You are an amazing woman and even more amazing survivor.

    • michele says:

      Samantha,
      Hello! My name is Michele and I would love to speak with you. I have spoken with Jane in regards to my caldera t-sling and she tells me that I really need to speak with you because you could help me. My sling eroded and caused several medical issues and surprise, my attorney firm has done absolutely nothing to help me. I can’t even get a return phone call. Jane told me you also had AWKO as your law firm and that is who is supposed to be representing me. I would love to speak with you in hopes to get some information as to what I can do or should do. Please contact me asap.

  7. Autumn says:

    Thank you Samantha and Jane for helping the little guy. The lawyers have told my mom that she had to sign the take it or leave it or she would get nothing. What happens if she signed it . If you don’t mind her lawyer has really no idea

  8. Dorothy G says:

    Samantha millions of women will be saved through your hard work. There is no way or words to thank you and Jane for what you are doing for the women of the world.
    Without you what we learn would be so limited to what we learn from an employee of attorneys offices that they are in talks of negotiations, .
    Jane thank you for not display of my actual name.

  9. Rebecca L says:

    Samantha, I would love to be able to join the fight to name these men who have made money on our pain and destruction. If you can let me know how I might help, I’m all in. Ive lost my career due to the surgeries and pain, so at least that is what I have now, time to fight.

    Best,

    Rebecca L.

  10. Samantha says:

    This is what I know. The current denial of legal fees for attorneys, the Honorable courts ruling that we can pursue our own purse, (claims), and that they return to the Court with the liquidated value of the corporation are signs the Honorable Court has heard us.

    Now, we must Motion the Court in force to Pierce the Corporate Veil and to list the stockholders, this is a privately held corporation. The law allows the Board of Directors, the Stockholders to have to be included as parties. I have opened insurance claims with Chubb Insurance parent company of Federal Insurance. Chubb is the insurance company behind most all device manufacturers. They have alot to defend.

    It is hard to explain in detail here how each injured woman does the same but after the Motions are filed I will write and explain how to file claims.
    We are saving ourselves, 4000 strong and the 1,000,000 third world women this company has targeted to implant in the future.

    Tell your attorneys if you choose to keep them that they are in negotiations with you, each of you. My claims include Johnson and Johnson as the first 8 entry and exit wounds of the TVT O procedure is their patent, Mentor Worldwide, L.L.C. also for their role, American Medical, Inc. for their needle passer patent, the surgical tools that wounded each of us with Caldera Medical, Inc. implants. Caldera Medical, Inc. hopefully her Board and her stockholders. Here is what led me to this conclusion.

    The Atlanta and Beverly Hills, surgeons we all know of as famous through a deposition I learned Caldera Medical, Inc. offered one of them the senior partner 10% ownership and the partner who examined me owned a boat with the regional sales manager of Caldera Medical, Inc. I learned year or more after being examined and turned away by them.

    Privately held companies make incentive offers that often public ones cannot. I doubt the Honorable Court knows any of this. The entire Caldera Medical, Inc. agreement was a gentleman’s agreement, us ladies were never in agreement and they tolled us and ignored us. This lady is not in agreement nor do I believe they are gentlemen.

    How can you each help? You are helping me. I know that what I am doing will help you so I continue. What I want you to know is the insurance company has told me that none of the Caldera policies cover me because I was the first T Sling implanted that there is no coverage for me as a unethical human experiment. They have bullied me and yet would not let me exit this class action. I have pushed backed.

    Here is what I know. Nobody is too big to fail, to be put out of the marketplace through consumer knowledge and demands. Tell your attorneys they are fired and they have no right to negotiate for you unless the Board and the Stockholders deep pockets combined with Johnson and Johnson, Mentor Worldwide, American Medical Systems and Caldera Medical, Inc. and others including Herniamesh are in good faith negotiations. They are not right now. If they were we all would be getting the same offer as AMS plus the pennies Caldera Medical, Inc. first offered. To bury us all along was to save these companies and Chubb insurance from our claims and the doctors who we will recognize involved with Caldera Medical, Inc. We are the only privately held corporation who manufactures mesh in this national litigation. They all know that our claim alone is in excess of 4 Billion dollars and they do not want that number to be discussed. That is if we each only obtained a million.

    The players do not want to pay that. Here is what we have to ask ourselves…

    On April 8, 2014
    Attorneys from Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz (AWKO) were part of the trial team that won a jury award of more than $9 billion – the seventh largest verdict in U.S. history – for former Actos user Terrence Allen, in Louisiana yesterday, to punish Actos makers for hiding bladder cancer risks of the diabetes drug. Why has not one Caldera Medical, Inc. trial been allowed, well we are billion dollar claims that will come from private pockets…

    Why can the MDL attorneys do this for ACTOS patients and leave us with nothing. You see the ACTOS firm above is the firm I fired. To deny us justice comes at the root that we were chosen to be denied, because if they fought for us like they fought for ACTOS victims, well we would not be here.

    There are doctors that have implanted us involved and if they bury us we don’t know who they are. We have a right to know who owns Caldera Medical, Inc. the fact your attorneys never made this public and to my knowledge turned a blind eye, is because fees are more important than our health. They never would have got the AMS settlement if we had been included. Caldera Medical, Inc. infringed on AMS and then they signed an agreement to share the patent for the needles that wounded us all. We are 1,004,000 strong those injured here and the ones we do not want injured. Please know we are important and that this private company knows we are too.

    Lots to think about, lots of really tough reality, MDL attorneys chose us to deny, to toll, to ignore us. I just do not want to let their normal become our children’s future. Surgical mesh is deadly and our generation has to stop it. Stopping Caldera Medical, Inc. and a large and proper award for us, is one of the best ways to stop private investors from bringing harmful medical devices to the market.

    They should stick to opening restaurants and serving cheesecake, they a have no business in public urological and gynecological health. It has been about their wealth not our health. We are the private company’s worst nightmare, informed victims, no longer willing to accept that they are insolvent, the are simply on the edge of emptying their pockets to pay for our damages. There is a big difference.

    • Ellin says:

      Dr. Red Alinsod, one of the patent holders of the Caldera Desara sling I had implanted in 2010, was the assistant surgeon for my surgery! I had it placed during my complete hysterectomy. Is he still around? I have had 5 surgeries since then and like so many other women, that piece of mesh wreaked havoc to my body! I have an attorney that still has me in the group case, not sure if I should pull out at this point? From all of your terrific work on our behalf it sounds like I should!

    • Becky says:

      Another thing,my lawyer’s have not even contacted me since May….I think we should sue them as well….It would ruin their firms!!!

  11. Samantha says:

    Autumn you may be able to still recover from your doctor, share with Jane who he was and I will see if he violated Starks laws, if so your statue restarts.

  12. Autumn says:

    Dr bologna in akron ohio was the doctor . Thank you for your help lawyers are not helping. And she did sign something

  13. Autumn says:

    How can I contact you Samantha or Jane privately if you could email me thanks

  14. Autumn says:

    Thanks

  15. Patient Advocate says:

    There is hope for Caldera women. Some movement over the holidays. Hopefully this month the judge will deny their attempt to pay pennies.

  16. michele says:

    Samantha,
    Please contact me as I would love to speak with you. I had a Caldera t-sling implanted and it caused several issues due to erosion into my urethra. I also have AWKO as my law firm. I have spoken with Jane and she has my contact information. Please contact me asap. I am desperate for your help!!!!
    Michele

  17. Becky says:

    I have had so many infections,pain,depression,can’t work,can’t have sex,I will probably be alone for the rest of my life….I need a HUG!!! I used to make between 60 and 80,thousand dollars a year,before the mesh.Now I am on disability,I only get around 15,thousand a year now.I also have an Austic son that I have to take care of! These company’s (owners) don’t want to give us crap.They don’t want to pay our medical bills or anything ealse.All of them are trying to screw us.They should be paying all medical past,present &future.They should be paying our attorneys fees as well.Then they should have to pay us for our working careers.Then PAIN AND SUFFERING! I have 3 different suits! All of them are screwing us.I say we go to Washington & The public…Please send me all information about what we can do…I am at the point I don’t care…We can’t let them get away with this.Thanks,Becky

  18. Becky says:

    Becky again,anyway I think it’s time the public know all about Class Action & MDL cases.We need to fight to stop them.They have ruined my life. Thanks for listening! Becky

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