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Bellew v. Ethicon Federal Pelvic Mesh Trial Begins in Charleston, WV

Ben Anderson, Anderson Law

Ben Anderson, Anderson Law

In Charleston, West Virginia, a bellwether trial began Monday March 2, in the ongoing federal pelvic mesh litigation being held in that courtroom.  Judge Joseph Goodwin is presiding over Dianne M. Bellew v. Ethicon. Ms. Bellew is from Arizona and was implanted with an Ethicon Prolift in July 2009 in Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. There is no spouse named.

Mesh News Desk is not present for this federal trial as we have been for C. Lewis and J. Huskey, both Ethicon cases.  

Her case was transferred into federal multidistrict litigation where there are currently 24,388 filed product litigation cases filed that name Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson and an allegedly defective pelvic mesh implant.

Dr./ Piet Hinoul, Ethicon, from Gross trial

Dr./ Piet Hinoul, Ethicon, from Gross trial

The Prolift case of Joan Budke concluded in Camden Co. Missouri last month with an undisclosed settlement to the family of the late Ms. Budke.  The implanting surgeon in the Bellew case is Carol Dehasse, MD.

Attorneys for Ms. Bellew are Ben Anderson, Anderson law, and Adam Slater of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman.

Adam Slater, Mazie, Slater

Adam Slater, Mazie, Slater

Slater and Anderson were plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Budke case as well, however, this time Anderson is the lead attorney.

Ethicon is facing counts of Negligence, Manufacturing Defect, Failure to Warn, Defective Product, Common Law Fraud, Fraudulent Concealment, Negligent Misrepresentation, Constructive Fraud, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Breach of Express Warranty, Breach of Implied Warranty, Violation of Consumer Protection Laws, Gross Negligence, Unjust Enrichment and Punitive Damages.prolift box 200

Her case was filed in the Charleston federal court July 13, 2013.

Prolift is no longer on the market. It was sold as an entire kit, complete with stainless steel trocars to implant the mesh in the pelvic floor to treat pelvic organ prolapse. It is one of the largest meshes ever made and has been called overengineered for its purpose. The mesh arms of a Prolift, used to secure it deep into tissue, are very difficult if not impossible to remove, according to mesh removal medical doctors. #




  1. stopmeshimplants says:

    Love when I see Slater’s name attached to these trials. He does the job of getting to the basics of this mesh crap. Prayers coming to Dianne Bellew.

    • Aaron Leigh says:

      Me too StopMeshImplants! The attorneys did not cause injury to our families, but they can do their jobs and try to help recover some of the financial damage. Prayers to this family and another successful trial for sure!

  2. Why is this PREVENTABLE harm not criminal? People are going to prison for stealing food to feed their hungry families while entitled medical device executives are plotting ‘innovative’ and nefarious ways to implant vulnerable patients with medical devices that are knowingly comprised of toxic (metal, petroleum, chemical) materials and defective design. Our legal system cannot be trusted to compensate for the catastrophic harm that is being done to public trust of our political and medical institutions by this rogue medical device industry. This ‘business’ must be stopped. Thank you, Jane Akre and Mesh Medical Device News Desk and your sponsors for covering this important issue.

  3. addison says:

    Does anyone know what the arms (anchors) are made of? I’d like to know this and their location because my wife has many that can’t ever be removed. Thanks for your help.

    • Shirley says:

      Yes stainless steal and I have this same product in me since 2004 where they say it didnt market til 2005-2008 they aree wrong. The Gynacare Prolift was what my doctor cannot fully remove withoput breaking my hips and its been in so long there is no removal. This is toxic and they knew that.

      • addison says:

        Thank you very much. Do you also know the size of each and the locations? There are six between the two implants that they can’t safely remove. Wish everything could be removed and all damage reversed. We are sorry to hear about your experience and are thinking of you. Thanks again, Shirley.

      • addison says:

        Sorry, Shirley. We have one more question if you don’t mind. We heard about stainless steel trocars but thought the arms were made of polypropylene or something different. Are the arms made of steel or just the instruments used, the trocars? Thank you for your help.

      • kitty says:


        AND MUSCLE. They don’t stay in u. I too am wondering what the arms are made of.

  4. Aaron Leigh says:


    As usual, thank you for finding a way to get the coverage and keep us all informed.

  5. Msm says:

    If you’re interested in what the salespeople for your product are saying amongst themselves, check these forums

  6. Msm says:

    Off topic.

    Boston Scientific may have just bought AMS urology for 1.6 billion provided the women’s health line was not included!

    That’s exactly the amount they settled for.

  7. kitty says:

    Has anyone noticed that CR Bard stock is slowly declining

  8. Min says:

    Yes, I have noticed BARD stock is falling. Several executives have sold their stock back to the company. In fact millions of dollars worth. It is and should be concerning that they are doing this. The executives are pulling money to protect themselves with all these lawsuits going on. However, with all the MASks especially one this large, my opinion is that these transactions should be forbidden. The law should protect all harmed and when a Judge would advise to settle than all corporate stock should be frozen.

    • Bejah says:

      It is illegal. There are people in prison for insider trading and other illegal activities. If these individuals are not going to prison what does that tell us?


  9. mary says:

    Does any body know when the next trial in W.V./ J&J that is where mine will be sure wish it would be soon but i know they are taking there good time we have suffered enough it wont make the pain go away but make things a little easier mary

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