January Pelvic Mesh Trial Set for New Jersey, Smith v. Ethicon

Jane Akre
July 21, 2016
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Mesh Medical Device News Desk, July 21, 2016 ~ It's been a very long time since there was a pelvic mesh product liability trial in New Jersey.

The first case was Linda Gross v Ethicon held February 2013, which resulted in an $11.1 million verdict for Ms. Gross which is still on appeal, though near the end of the process.

After Wednesday's Case Management conference, now another trial has been set for January 9, 2017 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Bergen County, New Jersey. This is a state court where trials are conducted.

Trial court Bergen Co, NJ

Trial court Bergen Co, NJ

Smith v Ethicon is set for that date. Ms. Smith was implanted with a TVT-O and the case is still in the discovery stage. Case No. 16720-14.

Bard trials, though not scheduled should begin to be set for early 2017, according to the Case Management Order. At the same time it's reported that Bard continues to make settlement progress in the New Jersey multidistrict litigation MDL.


A trial is tentatively set for March 20, 2017 in the Cook, Nelson or Sheppard lawsuits filed against Ethicon for its TVT Secur pelvic mesh.

The next date for Case Management is August 24, 2016.

Judges Rachelle L. Harz is overseeing Ethicon/ J&J and Judge James J. DeLuca is overseeing the CR Bard litigation.

There are 1,024 Bard cases filed in this jurisdiction and 8,887 cases filed naming Ethicon.

Here is the Gynecare Counsel list.

Here is the Bard Counsel list.

See the New Jersey Pelvic Mesh Home page here:

April 12, 2016 Case Management Order #27 talks about other cases being readied for trial. #

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