More news is coming into Mesh News Desk from around the world concerning mesh litigation.
Johnson & Johnson is being sued in Israel over complications linked to its Prolift Vaginal Mesh kit used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. You may recall that the Prolift was sold by Ethicon (Johnson & Jonson) before it ever received FDA approval. See background story in the Linda Gross case.
This lawsuit was filed in the District Court in Lod, Israel, with a request that the case be turned into a class action that will represent women in Israel who have suffered from vaginal mesh-related injuries. The suit is asking for a class action to be approved, on behalf of thousand Israeli women who allegedly experienced similar injuries tied to the Prolift mesh, according to Jewish Business News.
The injuries include mesh complications such as chronic pain, mesh migration, chronic infection, mesh shrinkage, nerve entrapment, mesh degradation, among other complications.
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In August 2013, Zubeidat Narges (the “Plaintiff”) submitted the claim with a request for the Court to certify the claim as a class on behalf of thousand women in Israel who allege they too have experienced complications as a result of pelvic mesh, which they claim among other that Johnson & Johnson have acted with negligence, failure to warn, negligence misrepresentation, violations of consumer protections law etc.
Tali Traiband of Traiband Law Firm tells Mesh News Desk, “A plaintiff/group plaintiff can file a claim that is relevant to a large group of people, and if the plaintiff can prove to the court, through various parameters, that the group most likely is large enough and the claims are similar enough, than the court might approve it as a class action.
Mrs. Traiband says there is no multidistrict litigation (MDL) process in Israel. The MDL in West Virginia is handling the bulk of cases filed in federal court in the U.S. Currently there are 67-thousand cases filed against seven manufacturers and 100-thousand cases filed globally.
Johnson & Johnson stopped selling the Prolift Mesh Kits and three other pelvic meshes in June 2012 in the U.S. but continues to export the medical.
Mesh News Desk has heard from plaintiffs from around the world including France, Germany, The Netherlands, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, among other countries. When a mesh product is removed from sale in the U.S., it will often continue to be exported for use in other countries.
Read more on the Israeli Class Action lawsuits here: