Second June Rally of Pelvic Mesh-Injured Women and Families Planned for June in Charleston, WV *Update

Jane Akre
May 7, 2016
Mesh Awareness Movement in Charleston, WV, June 2015

Mesh Awareness Movement in Charleston, WV, June 2015

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, May 7, 2016 ~ Just as they did last June, organizers of mesh-injured women want the public to know a rally is planned for Charleston, West Virginia on Friday, June 3, 2016.

That day should mark the beginning of Edwards v. Ethicon in federal court before Judge Joseph Goodwin.

*Update- from Judge Goodwin's court- Edwards v. Ethicon has been rescheduled again and is now set for Friday, August 12, 2016 for jury selection and Monday, August 15, the trial. it is set to go one week. Stay tuned to MAM for an update on the rally.*

The defendant corporation is Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer facing the largest number of mesh cases consolidated in this federal court among seven manufacturers.

Last June 2, Mesh Awareness Movement (MAM) brought women and their families from Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and beyond to join in solidarity and send a message that pelvic mesh should not be allowed to continue to injure unsuspecting women and that mesh manufacturers need to financially care for the women they’ve harmed.

A dinner is planned June 2, Thursday, with the rally beginning 8 am Friday morning in front of the Robert C. Byrd federal courthouse.

Anti Mesh rally in WV federal court. June 2015

Anti Mesh rally in WV federal court. June 2015

“Exciting” is what women told Mesh News Desk last year. All of the television stations were here and we will be featured on their noon news. Finally we are getting the attention we deserve and the message is getting out,” said organizer Lisa Mason.

Campaigner in WV

Pelvic mesh, used to shore up pelvic organs, was never approved for safety or efficacy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Instead it was approved by the FDA 510(k) approval process that does not require any clinical trials. Assurances of safety rely on the integrity of the manufacturer.

Husband protests

Husband protests at Mesh rally, Charleston, WV, June 2, 2015

Litigation was consolidated in federal court in Charleston by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in January 2012.

Since then, seven manufacturers now face more than 90,000 lawsuit alleging they sold defective transvaginal mesh which was promoted to doctors as part of an aggressive, yet deceptive campaign. The plaintiffs allege defective manufacturing instructions to doctors and a breach of warranty, negligence, fraud, and more. They are asking for punitive damages.

MAM rally participant, June 2, 2015

MAM rally participant, June 2, 2015

Only American Medical Systems (AMS) has offered mass settlements to women, though many women tell MND their settlement amount is as low as $5,000 after legal fees are paid and any existing liens.

As of April 27, 2016, there were 90,131 cases consolidated in the Charleston court before Judge Goodwin, the largest mass tort ever assembled in one courtroom. They include:

C.R. Bard 13,429

AMS 20,155

Boston Sci 20,830

Ethicon 32,672

Plaintiffs' lawyers filing into Charleston court.

Plaintiffs' lawyers filing into Charleston court.

Coloplast 2,425

Cook 487

Neomedic 133


Edwards v. Ethicon - Doc #1 Complaint Ethicon

Soon to be scheduled, Mullins Et al (Case No. 2:12-cv-02952) Mullins case 37 plaintiffs,

Mullins complaint,July 11, 2012, U.S. District Court, Southern District WV

Announcement: MAM Rally Charleston, WV. June 3, 2016, Federal Court, 37 Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh cases, 8 am EST federal courthouse.

Please Please come support our Mesh Sisters Peaceful Rally. We Need To Stand Up Together. Be Blessed

MND, June 2, 2015 Rally event

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