As of Aug. 12, 2015, there have been 19 trials involving patients injured by transvaginal mesh implants, according to the Nations Law Firm. In 16 cases involving 16 patients, the plaintiffs prevailed, while the defendants won three. An additional 30 trials are scheduled for 2015 through 2016.
Between July 2012 and March 2015, plaintiffs received millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages in lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh, The Nations Law Firm explains. Individual awards ranged from $1.2 million to $100 million, which a jury awarded plaintiff Deborah Barba in her suit against Boston Scientific on May 28, 2015. Boston Scientific is the manufacturer of the Pinnacle transvaginal mesh, which is no longer on the market, and the Advantage Fit urethral sling, which is still in use. Other defendants in the trials included C.R. Bard and Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Several instances of multidistrict litigation involving transvaginal mesh also have been argued or are pending in jurisdictions across the United States, reports the Nations Law Firm. These test cases typically set the stage for mass legal action on behalf of thousands of litigants, according to the law firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein.