Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has designated the case of Joann Serrano v. American Medical Systems, Inc. as the first bellwether case in the AMS MDL to be set for trial. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 7, 2014. Mrs. Serrano’s case was one of four bellwether cases previously selected in the multidistrict litigation against American Medical Systems Inc. Mrs. Serrano was implanted with American Medical Systems’ Monarc Subfascial Hammock Sling, a polypropylene mesh product. After implantation, Mrs. Serrano began to experience pelvic pain, lower abdominal pain, and dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) and was informed she would need to undergo a surgical procedure to have the Monarc Sling removed. During the procedure to remove the sling, the physician discovered that Mrs. Serrano’s pelvic tissue had grown completely into the sling and was forced to remove the sling piece by piece. Pathology conducted on the removed pieces of the mesh sling revealed that the mesh was infected which resulted in inflammation to Mrs. Serrano’s surrounding tissue.
Judge Goodwin has also scheduled the first bellwether trial in the Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) MDL. The case, Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson, is scheduled to begin on February 10, 2014. Ms. Lewis was implanted with Ethicon’s TVT Sling, a polypropylene mesh product. After implantation, Ms. Lewis experienced pelvic pain and dyspareunia and was forced to undergo multiple procedures to remove portions of the TVT Sling. Upon removing a portion of the TVT sling, Ms. Lewis’ physician discovered scarring to Ms. Lewis’ vaginal wall caused by the sling which caused her to experience pelvic pain and dyspareunia.
If you need additional information relating to either of these two MDLs, you can contact Leigh O’Dell or Chad Cook, lawyers in our firms Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Leigh.Odell@beasleyallen.com or Chad.Cook@beasleyallen.com.
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