Q: I have heard that the Ethicon surgical mesh lawsuit is a multi-district litigation case. What does that mean, and how does it affect my lawsuit?
Multi-district litigation (MDL) occurs when there multiple civil actions in different districts have a common defendant and similar complaints of wrongdoing. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether these cases may be combined as a MDL. If they are, cases are sent from each plaintiff’s court to a single federal court for all pretrial proceedings and discovery.
MDL lawsuits are presided over by a single federal judge who oversees the discovery process. The judge must address all common questions of fact and offer a single ruling for each count against the defendant. If an MDL case is not settled, it is then sent back to the plaintiff’s home court for trial. An MDL judge may also dismiss counts against a defendant if he or she decides that there is not sufficient grounds for legal action.
In the recent outpouring of lawsuits against pelvic mesh manufacturer Ethicon, Judge Joseph Goodwin of the U.S. District Court of West Virginia consolidated the cases into multi-district litigation. Court filings have been compiled outlining the injuries suffered by the plaintiffs and the experiences and medical costs they were forced to live through after their mesh implantation.
The Ethicon surgical mesh lawsuit is one of just of many MDLs that have been formed against several different transvaginal mesh manufacturers. At least six MDLs have been identified alleging damages done by mesh devices from C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Coloplast Corp., Cook Medical, American Medical Systems, and Mentor Corp.
If you were injured by a transvaginal mesh implant, the Kentucky Ethicon lawsuit attorneys at Gray and White can help add your case to this litigation, and help explain your legal options at no cost to you. Call us today at 888-450-4456 or fill out the contact form on the top of this page to get started in your FREE, one-on-one consultation.