Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: Settlement Reached in New Jersey State Court Case Against C.R. Bard
Bloomberg News reports that C.R. Bard has agreed to settle a case set for trial this month in the New Jersey state court consolidation. The case involving Melanie Virgil was set to begin on September 23, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ms. Virgil is a junior high music teacher from Colorado who alleges that her transvaginal mesh device has caused her significant pain and injury, while forcing her to undergo three revision surgeries (Virgil v. C.R. Bard Inc., Case No. ATL-L6917-10). C.R. Bard has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount and the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
This is the second case against C.R. Bard that has settled after the first federal transvaginal mesh trial took place in July, where a West Virginia jury entered a trial verdict in favor of plaintiff Donna Cisson (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., Case No. 2:11-cv-00195) finding that a Bard Avaulta Plus device degraded her body, causing her pain and other physical ailments and requiring her to undergo several revision surgeries. The settlement of Ms. Wanda Queen came afterward, which was the first reported settlement of an undisclosed amount in the pending federal Multidistrict Litigation. A C.R. Bard spokesperson confirmed at that time that the settlement in this individual case was not part of a larger resolution of thousands of other C.R. Bard cases pending.
C.R. Bard faces thousands of other claims from women alleging that their transvaginal mesh device caused serious injuries. In particular, women across the nation have reported a number of serious complications stemming from these transvaginal mesh devices, such as device erosion, organ perforation, intense pain, inability to have sexual intercourse and infection. Many of these women have been required to undergo multiple revision surgeries. Federal cases are consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation against C.R. Bard, In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2187) that is pending in the Southern District of West Virginia, as well as several state court consolidations – including New Jersey.
If you or a loved one have experienced serious injuries as a result of a transvaginal mesh device, please contact one of our experienced attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP toll-free at 1-800-873-5297. We will confidentially evaluate your case for free and without any obligation.
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