Defendant Dismissed from Pennsylvania Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 31, 2014

Secant Medical LLC, a manufacturer of polypropylene mesh used in pelvic mesh implants, has been dismissed from hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits (

pending in a mass tort litigation underway in Pennsylvanias Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued on August 25, 2014, Judge Arnold New ruled that the company was shielded from liability by the federal Biomedical Access Assurance Act because it provided only one component of a larger product. (In Re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation, Case ID: 140200829)

Our Firm is monitoring this litigation closely, as we are representing hundreds of women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Ethicon, Inc., says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, pain, scarring, infection and other serious transvaginal mesh complications following the implantation of pelvic mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

According to court documents, vaginal mesh lawsuits began to mount in courts around the country shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a 2008 Public Health Alert revealing that it had received 1,000 reports of serious injuries associated with vaginal mesh products over a three year period. In July 2011, the FDA warned that the number of injuries reported in relation to transvaginal prolapse repair tripled since its prior alert. Most significantly, the FDA modified its previous stance that such injuries were rare.

According to court records, more than 800 transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in the Pennsylvania litigation. Like claims filed in other jurisdictions, the lawsuits allege that defendants pelvic mesh implants were defectively designed and manufactured, and caused women to suffer mesh erosion, infections, chronic pain, and other serious vaginal mesh complications.

In addition to the cases pending in Pennsylvania, court documents indicate that more than 60,000 federally-filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in a number of multidistrict litigations underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in several of these proceedings, including American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326), C.R. Bard, Inc. (MDL No. 2187) and Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327).

In addition to his work on the federal vaginal mesh litigations, Mr. Grand is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in a Multicounty Litigation underway in New Jerseys Atlantic Superior Court involving Ethicon mesh products. He was also a member of the Plaintiffs trial team for its first bellwether trial, which ended in March 2013 with the jury awarding more than $ 11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman injured by the Gynecare Prolift device. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)

Mr. Grand was also appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in a second proceeding underway in Atlantic County Superior Court for lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)

Women who have allegedly suffered serious transvaginal mesh complications following surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of their implant. To learn more about filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website or the Firms Facebook page: To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 800-511-5092.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $ 3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.

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