Rottenstein Law Group Pleased by Consolidation of Three Multidistrict Litigation Actions Concerning Alleged Defects in a Number of Models of Surgical Mesh
(New York, NY, February 9, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the adverse effects of surgical mesh, is pleased by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigationís consolidation of three previously separate MDLs containing actions that concern alleged defects in surgical mesh products by AMS (MDL No. 235), Boston Scientific (MDL No. 2326) and Rthicon (MDL No. 2327).
The panel consolidated the three MDLs by order of February 7, 2012, which also centralized and transferred all the actions in the three MDLs to the Southern District of West Virginia.
In its order, the panel wrote:
ďWe are persuaded that the Southern District of West Virginia is the most appropriate transferee forum for each of these MDLs. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of that district is currently presiding over MDL No. 2187, which involves claims of defects in similar pelvic surgical mesh products, and is uniquely situated to preside over the similar claims in these three MDLs. The pelvic surgical mesh products at issue in MDL Nos. 2325, 2326, and 2327 are used to treat similar conditions as those at issue in MDL No. 2187, and they have allegedly resulted in similar injuries... Finally, a number of these actions are brought by plaintiffs who were implanted with multiple products made by multiple manufacturers. Centralization of the three MDLs in one court will allow for coordination of any overlapping issues of fact in such multi-product, multi-defendant actions.Ē
Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) is an option that allows for greater efficiency when handling numerous lawsuits by different plaintiffs against one defendant or a common group of defendants. Unlike a class action lawsuit, MDL does not distribute equal damages to all parties involved; instead, it consolidates all pre-trial disclosures and eliminates inconsistent pre-trial rulings by multiple judges. In effect, MDL speeds up the litigation process for all involved, and gives plaintiffs the ability to maintain their individual lawsuits to take their cases to trial separately if they choose to do so. Products liability cases are often good candidates for MDL because they usually involve a large number of plaintiffs who have experienced similar injuries from a particular product.
Anyone seeking more information about vaginal mesh can visit the Rottenstein Law Groupís Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Information Center. The site has vital information about the dangers of this medical device, along with easy-to-use social media features that allow for easy sharing on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Visitors are also encouraged to link to their own Web sites and blogs in order to spread the word about defective medical products and dangerous drugs.
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