Physiomesh Litigation Update
For the millions of patients that have received hernia mesh patches, the threat of hernia recurrence or other severe complications is always present. Thousands of patients have already suffered serious and permanent side effects from the devices and are working hard to hold hernia mesh manufacturers responsible.
Thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed against a variety of manufacturers across the country. While lawsuits such as these can take some time before reaching a resolution, the Physiomesh litigation is taking major steps forward.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. manufactures Physiomesh. This type of mesh patch was widely popular before the company voluntarily recalled the devices in May 2016. Physiomesh, like other hernia mesh patches, can cause a variety of dangerous side effects, including chronic abdominal pain, adhesion of tissues, intestinal blockage, infection, migration of the patch, and mesh shrinkage, among others.
Early this month, the attorneys in the Physiomesh litigation convened for a status conference in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The status conference addressed procedural, case management, and discovery issues during the litigation; and, afterwards, Judge Richard W. Story, who is overseeing pretrial proceedings, issued a court order to keep the momentum going in the litigation.
The court order states both parties in the litigation must meet together to prepare an order allowing additional lawsuits to be filed directly in the Northern District of Georgia. The court order also set a schedule for monthly status conferences to ensure the litigation doesn’t suffer any lag time. The next status conference will be held on September 12, 2017.
As one of the largest hernia mesh manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, Inc.’s actions and the outcome of this litigation will have a profound effect on other manufacturers. If Ethicon decides to settle its lawsuits or suffers large courtroom losses, other hernia mesh manufacturers might decide to throw in the towel.
If you or someone you love suffered a hernia mesh complication, you have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible. At Blizzard & Nabers, our lawyers have extensive experience leading litigations against large pharmaceutical and medical device companies. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation.