Mary Dickson Finds Attorney in Case Against J&J

//Mary Dickson Finds Attorney in Case Against J&J

Mary Dickson Finds Attorney in Case Against J&J

Mary, Vada Mae and Ruth

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, February 12, 2018 ~ There were many responses to the story of Mary Dickson.

She had planned to take the wrongful death case of her mother, Vada Mae Smith, ahead Pro Se, without an attorney in mutidistrict pelvic mesh before Judge Joseph Goodwin.  

Well here is an update.

I’ve removed the Mary story. She has found an attorney who would like to proceed with this case against Johnson & Johnson, maker of the TVT and TVT-O, out of the public eye. 

Dickson went to court alone or Pro Se believing that the polypropylene pelvic meshes led to the infections that eventually killed her mother in 2016. Mary had two law firms but asked they drop her as a client, and they agreed to do so. 

The Dickson case and 150 others are set for trial in Charleston, WV May 15, 2018, in this transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) which is slowly being whittled down from a high of 104,000 plaintiffs against seven mesh manufacturers. See Dickson, So District WV, (No. 2:15-cv-02800).

Mary would like to thank you all for your support and words that made her feel very special after the death of her mother Vada Mae and her sister Ruth. She promises to keep you all updated on her progress, but for now requests the story remain out of the eyes of the defendant, J&J.

This is an excellent example of how many mesh-injured are helping each other.  Mary listened to the advice of “Samantha” who led her to the law firm that took up the Dickson case.

We will comply with her wishes and wish her well. ##

By |2018-02-13T15:48:55+00:00February 12th, 2018|Legal News|9 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. Advocate February 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Excellent news! Now the benefits of representation are leveling the field. I wish her and her new firm the best of luck and much success!

    • Erma February 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Congratulations Mary Dickson! Wishing the best of luck and justice for your Mom
      Vada Mae please let God know what is going on down here.

      Your suffering has been bought to light.
      God Bless you and your family!
      Glory day when your lawyer gets justice.
      No more suffering for you.
      R.I.P. Vada Mae

  2. ron February 12, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Does anyone know if j&j is making the settlements that lawyers asked their clients to accept? My mother accepted an offer but has not heard anything else for more than 5 months. Also if j&j hasn’t sent a check yet can she now not accept it, drop her lawyer and find a new one that will fight for her instead of settling for pennies. We’d appreciate any advice or names of lawyers who actually want to stand up for their clients in court and not just wait out the time and take 40% off the top. Thank you for any advice

    • Jane Akre February 12, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Ron- Did you mother sign a settlement agreement? Did she agree to a certain amount or is it unclear how much she will eventually receive? Please read the fine print of your settlement- does it promise to have payment within so many days? (Probably not a bad idea to add that clause, otherwise interest will accrue) .. finding another attorney is difficult at best, especially if some offer was made and the present law firm will want to recoup its costs. Read this article on changing firms.

      • Erma February 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        I wish there was some way our voices could be heard loud and clearly.
        We are victims of the pharmaceutical companies, in some cases our doctors who knew the risks and kept silent and now our attorneys who push for clients to sign settlement papers knowing the end result might buy a “happy meal” at McDonalds with a 50% coupon. Absolutely nothing for our injuries, suffering, loss of income, etc. Where is the “JUSTICE” for us throw away women?

        Please God help us with your voice to let others know how we have been treated and let this NEVER happen to our daughters, granddaughters and other generations of women.

        • Jane Akre February 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm - Reply

          Very well spoken Erma….

      • Janice B February 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        I received an offer , accepted it and signed all the paperwork, saw a notary, had it signed, sent it on Dec 18, 2016, was told payment would be 2-4 months, 14 MONTHS and I’m still waiting. My law firm keeps saying that Bard is not releasing the funds. I don’t know what else to do!!!

        • Caroline March 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

          Janice B – I am in the same boat. I also signed back in December of 2016 and was most recently told that there was another hiccup because others with cases that are represented by my attorney had more than 1 lawyer due to different mesh implants so now that had to be resolved. Last update says payment should be in the escrow account within “a few” weeks – all of it has been nothing buy delay – hot air – delay – beg for more info – delay and I am beyond frustrated and just want to be done with it.

  3. Jan March 2, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Yes congratulations
    Go get them
    Maybe someone will finally listen and agree these manufacturers have wrote us a death wish..

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