An August 2011 FDA report found that vaginal-mesh implants should be classified as high-risk to the more than 75,000 women who have them inserted annually. Makers of the devices, including Johnson & Johnson, have been ordered by the FDA to do multi-year studies related to the injuries associated with the implants.
As the litigation of vaginal mesh claims begins to take shape, February 5, 2013 has been set as the trial date for the first of many federal cases dealing with claims that vaginal-mesh implants caused serious injuries to women. The initial trial will be handled by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Other cases against makers of vaginal-mesh implants, including Johnson & Johnson, are being consolidated in Judge Goodwin’s court as well.
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee is overseeing similar vaginal-mesh lawsuits filed in that state court. The first New Jersey case, against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit relating to its Gynecare Prolift, is scheduled for November 5, 2012. Other cases involving numerous defendants and products are being brought in state courts throughout the nation.