Transvaginal & Pelvic Mesh

Ethicon Ordered to Preserve Evidence in TVM Cases

TVM cases against Ethicon just got another boost to their claims when the court ordered Ethicon to preserve evidence. After the transvaginal mesh is extracted, the court’s specialists can analyze samples to determine product breakdown and demonstrate production flaws that lead to intense pain for consumers.

Numerous transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer Ethicon, Inc., and the federal litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia continues to proceed. On June 5, 2013, a court order granted the plaintiff’s steering committee leave to file an another reply to support the defense motion requiring the preservation of extracted mesh. A hearing on the defense motion has been scheduled for June 14, 2014, at 10 a.m., according to court records.

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Women filing vaginal mesh lawsuits have needed the device surgically removed after suffering serious complications including migration, ectopic pregnancy, perforation and others that lead to excruciating pain.

Court records note that more than 18,000 lawsuits are currently pending, and all of the cases claim that Ethicon failed to provide sufficient warnings against the risks linked to transvaginal mesh devices, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. The plaintiffs also allege that the devices have a defective design and were brought to market without adequate testing.

Ethicon is just one of many trasnvaginal mech manufacturers facing a multitude of lawsuits in the Southern District of West Virginia, and there are more than 55,000 cases filed.

Women who’ve need transvaginal mesh removal surgery and want to file a lawsuit against the device manufacturer should contact a lawyer who’s well-versed in mass tort cases. An advocate who has an understanding of such lawsuits can provide necessary assistance in order to have the best chance of a favorable outcome.

Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity,, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.