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Boston Scientific Agrees To Settle Some Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The Massachusetts-based manufacturer will settle 2,970 transvaginal mesh lawsuits for $119 million. More than 25,000 claims surrounding the medical product have been filed in federal and state courts against the company.

Transvaginal mesh, also known as TV mesh or pelvic mesh, are medical products typically used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Literally tens of thousands of patients who were implanted with the product from different manufacturers suffered complications such as bleeding, pain, inability to have sex, and infection among others. Further, reports of the product "eroding" into other organs often requires a revision surgery as a remedy. As a result of these complications, transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against multiple TV Mesh manufacturers and many have been successful in recovering damages. For example in 2013, a New Jersey jury returned an $11 million verdict against Ethicon for injuries caused by its Gynecare Prolift. Another woman also won $1.2 million in Texas state court against Johnson & Johnson. In November, Boston Scientific lost its first two federal trials, in West Virginia and Miami. The announcement indicated that the "Company reached an agreement with certain plaintiffs' counsel" to settle a limited number of the claims and that settlement "was entered into solely by way of compromise and does not constitute an admission or concession by the Company of any liability or wrongdoing". Further, the plaintiffs' counsel entire inventory of cases is to be covered by the settlement agreement, "including a case in the District Court of Dallas County (TX) for which there is a judgment of approximately $35 million that is currently subject to appeal." "Although certain conditions must be met, like meeting a certain level of plaintiffs who agree in the settlement, we are encouraged that these injured women are finally getting some relief," said Paul Coppola, President of Fair Rate Funding, a company which specializes in advancing cash to plaintiffs prior to settlement. "Unfortunately, there is no indication of how the remaining cases, over 20 thousand of them against Boston Scientific alone, will be resolved. For the rest of the victims, the wait continues." Originally posted by Fair Rate Funding on Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits - Ball & Bonholtzer Trial Attorney - Los Angeles

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