MDL News: 21,257 Cases Filed in Federal Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

//MDL News: 21,257 Cases Filed in Federal Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

MDL News: 21,257 Cases Filed in Federal Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

 judge-mallet-200May 24, 2013 ~ A meeting in Charleston, West Virginia yesterday, where about 20,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated, yielded an tentative agreement on tolling agreements.

Under law, a tolling agreement suspends for a period of time, the statute of limitations. In this case, the  July, 2013 two-year statute of limitations date will be extended a number of months. That means potential plaintiffs who think it may be too late to file a case against any of the five mesh makers will have extra time  to file.

The ruling was issued to avoid a log jam of mass filings  in the federal court by those trying to make some deadline.

If you are thinking of filing a case with one of the law firms involved in litigation here, it  is suggested to fill out the necessary papers to move it along. The website has a listing of the rulings and the  various law firms involved. These are likely the firms of trial lawyers who do the legwork to prepare a case.

Smaller firms may eventually pass your case to one of these larger firms.

Judge Joseph Goodwin

Judge Joseph Goodwin

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows for cases from all over the country to be heard by one judge, in this case The Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, to allow for consistent rulings so cases can move through the courts more quickly. They can still be tried individually but the MDL addresses all of the housework such as depositions and the filing of motion that precedes an actual jury trial.

The five defendants are Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific and Coloplast.

Here is the So. District of West Virginia website and the number of cases filed as of May 22, 2013.

MDL No. 2187 C.R. Bard, Inc.  with 3,349 cases filed.

MDL No. 2325 American Medical Systems (AMS), Inc.  with 6,781 cases filed.

MDL No. 2326  Boston Scientific, Inc. with 4,157 cases filed.

MDL No. 2327 Ethicon, Inc. with 6,550 cases filed

MDL No. 2387 Coloplast Corp. with 420 cases filed.


By | 2016-12-05T12:37:56+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Legal News|4 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. Paula May 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    YES! Where is the media. We need our voices heard and the Companies involved need to be exposed with the truth prevailing……

  2. TeeMac September 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Will our attorney file the Plaintiff Profile Page required for the Coloplast Tolling Agreement and what is the Nov 1 deadline all about, anyone? Please? thanks

  3. Tambrea March 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Tambrea says:

    March 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Today I saw my Dr. G he sympathizes with the pain and frustrations but can only hope in time with pt and vaginal Valium I will get relief? I do not want another surgery . I feel like I have been violated by Ethicon J &J. My body is damaged and will be for the rest of my life. It’s always same pain different day. Today is a BAD Day !!!!! My family suffers , I can not be intimate wih my Husband . I don’t even feel like a woman ! Just a walking train wreck ! Violated and in Pain!!!! Tambrea


  4. […] Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) 28 U.S.C. § 1407, also known as the MDL Panel, was formed. Made up of judges from different […]

Leave A Comment