Lead Counsel Chosen in Transvaginal Mesh Cases

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Lead Counsel Chosen in Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Friday, April 13, 2012 ~ This morning the lead attorneys were chosen who will represent the transvaginal surgical mesh product liability cases consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia and the Honorable Judge Joseph Goodwin.

Bryan F. Aylstock (Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis, and Overholtz),  Henry Garrard (Blasingame, Burch, Garrard, Ashley)  and Fred Thompson (Motley Rice) were chosen to be lead counsel representing the consolidated transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

Five additional people are on the Executive Committee and co-lead counsel which include  Tom Cartmell, Clayton Clark, Amy Eskin, Derek Potts and Aimee Wagstaff.  

The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) is a team of attorneys who will oversee the entire litigation process and guide the plaintiffs’ side of the litigation coordinating the large number of lawsuits pending before Judge Goodwin.

In January, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted motions to transfer and consolidate the defective product cases filed in federal courts around the country into Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge Goodwin, already in charge of an MDL involving Avaulta defective mesh (MDL No. 2187).

The consolidated MDLs are Ethicon, Inc (MDL No. 2327), American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325), and Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326).

Altogether Judge Goodwin will hear 82 pending lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country against American Medical Systems, 22 cases against Boston Scientific Corp., as well as 36 actions against Ethicon, Inc.

There were 69 attorneys who stated their willingness to commit to the time-intensive process.

An MDL is a centralized process that avoids the duplication of discovery and prevents inconsistent pretrial rulings to advance the cases through the courts quicker and with less cost to the plaintiffs.

The claims of injury due to defective surgical mesh are similar among the hundreds of female plaintiffs and include transvaginal mesh erosion, shrinkage, migration, organ perforation, infection, pain, bleeding, a recurrence of incontinence and prolapse, urinary problems, dyspareunia, nerve damage, vaginal scarring, toxic shock and death.

Additionally, many of the plaintiffs were implanted with multiple defective products made by more than one manufacturer. #



By |2012-04-13T14:59:13+00:00April 13th, 2012|Legal News|6 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Theresa Hilburn April 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Trying to find a lawyer to take my case that reall y cares about ME as a person, I am fixin to have my vaginal mesh surgery for the 4th time soon, But the urologist shows no compassion for me or my painful condition…Also have an abdominal mesh to fix a hernia that has caused me pain for many years & no one cares…they just put me on pain meds & push me out the door…HELP!!!, Theresa

  2. jane akre April 30, 2012 at 12:26 am - Reply


    Go to our Facebook page, you may find some suggestions about not having partial removals,, sounds like they are not doing a good job for you.

  3. Hope Pagano October 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I am looking to hear from any “Meshie’s” who developed an autoimmune disease after having the TVM procedure or any experts or persons who may posess information connecting the surgical mesh to triggerung Lupus.

    Please email me at HPagano@HopeFundingGroup.com.

    Thank you and God Bless you,

    Hope Pagano

  4. Sandra Vangilder September 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    My case was filed July 5th of 2013 in the commonwealth of Massachusetts

    superior court department civil action No. 132888

    Lead case no, MICV2011-03750M and I would like a update on my case and I would like to know where the plaintiffs in Arkansas will be represented in which court. If not in Arkansas, which state would these cases be held.

    • Jane Akre September 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Sandra- Your law firm is the best source of that information… are they talking to you? Please let us know…~ ja

  5. Sandra Vangilder January 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I have a case which was filed on July 5th 2013 against Boston Scientific and I have signed the necessary documents to participate in a aggregate settlement. This in no way is to settle, but be willing to hear what they will offer. Have you any information about this? My case is being represented by Janet, Jenner & Suggs. Helen Gwynne at (410)653-3200. I am having trouble getting in touch with her. I would appreciate any information you have regarding this matter.

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