American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), a unit of Endo International plc, has settled more than 100 injury suits in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia. This suit involves health complications caused by a number of vaginal mesh devices. AMS has about 135 suits filed by women who say they were injured and damaged by the vaginal mesh devices.
The devices included the Apogee and Perigee systems, as well as the MiniArc Sling and the IntePro Y Sling, among other products. All of the suits contend that the vaginal mesh devices at issue are defective and have caused the women chronic pain, incontinence and other injuries. The women are represented by a number of law firms.
Last July, Plaintiffs in another 100 suits agreed to settlements with AMS. In May 2015, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, who is overseeing the MDL, said he had been informed by counsel for AMS that approximately 108 Plaintiffs had reached a settlement with Endo.
In April 2015, Endo told Judge Goodwin it had “compromised and settled all claims” in about 360 cases. Endo said in April 2014 that it had agreed to pay $830 million to settle a large number of suits over the alleged mesh injuries. That agreement was with several Plaintiffs’ firms – including Motley Rice LLC, Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley PC, Levin Simes LLP and Clark Love & Hutson GP – and sought to settle approximately 20,000 claims in the ongoing litigation.
Seven separate MDLs comprising some 70,000 cases are pending in West Virginia involving alleged pelvic mesh implant injuries. Ethicon is facing about 23,000 suits as part of its MDL.
It should be noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reclassified pelvic mesh devices like those at issue in the suits as high-risk devices that must undergo the agency’s most stringent safety evaluation before hitting the market.
The Plaintiffs in the most recent settlements are represented by the Barton Law Firm and the Nations Law Firm, among others. The multidistrict litigation is In re: American Medical Systems Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, which is in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.