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*New* May Brings Two Defective Mesh Trials Naming Boston Scientific

Add these two upcoming cases to your mesh calendar. Sanchez Trial On May 5th in a federal court in Los Angeles, Roseanne Sanchez will take her product liability case against Boston Scientific before a jury.   The Honorable John F. Walter of the Central District of California will oversee the five-day trial.  (Sanchez v. Boston Scientific 2:12-cv-05762) 
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steth 185 *Revised* Anatomy of an AMS Settlement – 692 Pelvic Mesh Injury Claims to be Resolved?

American Medical Systems (AMS) has sent a settlement letter to 692 women who claim mesh-related injuries.  These are women represented one of the settlement counsel. There are at least 100 law firms representing injured women who have been encouraged by Judge Joseph Goodwin, who oversees the federal cases, to reach a settlement.     The
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State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ, Locations of this year's shareholder's meeting. *New* New Brunswick Today Covers J&J Upcoming Shareholders Meeting

Thanks to reporter David Schatz of New Brunswick Today for the reminder about next week’s Johnson & Johnson shareholder’s meeting. Included in the story is a link to Mesh News Desk and coverage of those We Are Mesh Survivors members who attended last year’s event at the Hyatt Regency, directly across from J&J headquarters. Three
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Gavel  500 Upcoming Mesh Trials Take a Slow Pace for the Injured

The following is a list of upcoming pelvic mesh-injury trials that will be heard this year. This list is subject to change and likely will. Some will be added. Some will settle in advance of trial.  Regardless, with 74,522 product liability cases filed in this one court, consolidated in West Virginia, (as of today, April
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m and m graphic Doctor Directory: Miklos & Moore Talk Transvaginal Mesh

As part of a series, Mesh News Desk interviews doctors who are dealing with mesh complications. This month it is Miklos & Moore and their http://www.meshsurgeons.com/, International Urogynecology Associates, based in Atlanta, Georgia. A large part of their practice is now dealing with complications from polypropylene transvaginal mesh implants. These are the voices who make
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cook website *Update* Cook Medical Transvaginal Mesh Bellwether Trial Will Not Begin in May

**UPDATE –  The cases of  Ailey and Lingo are dismissed and will not be pursued. The next two cases scheduled, Hovey and Watkins were also dismissed with prejudice by the plaintiffs on April 16th.  See the So. District of WV Cook MDL page here.     There are no further Cook Medical product liability trials
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Jane Akre, editor Mesh News Desk Hello May- Doctor Duh!

This story was originally submitted to the New York Times as an Op-Ed. It was not picked up. So far mainstream media has a blackout on this type of news, likely because of the potential advertisers who make these medical devices. I thought I would post it here for May because lately I’m hearing from
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CRE bacteria, Source: CDC Faulty design and cleaning procedures in widely used endoscope may have caused superbug outbreak

By Farid Zakaria, Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP  An outbreak of a drug-resistant strain of bacteria at a major southern California hospital last February has been linked to a medical device used in the treatment of cancers, gallstones, and other ailments of the digestive system. On February 18, the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly
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FDA News

red flag waving FDA – What Are We Waiting For?

FDA-What Are We Waiting For? It’s been months since the FDA said a word about mesh, and years since it’s known stronger action was needed. Meanwhile, more and more people are getting hurt. Sign our letter below to let them know how you feel. Tell the FDA: Stop hesitating. Reclassify all pelvic mesh as high-risk.
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Legal News

Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, overseeing bellwether mesh trials Judge Goodwin Calls Both Sides to the Table June 2 in Pelvic Mesh Litigation

In an April 2 order, issued by Judge Joseph Goodwin who is overseeing thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits, all sides in transvaginal litigation are being called to Charleston, West Virginia June 2. Here is the order as it pertains to Ethicon. Four other manufacturers, minus Neomedic, have also been called to the federal courthouse. Here
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Medical News

Am J of Ob Gyn *New* Ultrasound is the Best Imaging for Pelvic Mesh Issues

Imaging of pelvic symptoms is best addressed with ultrasound as the first choice, according to a recently published article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.    This has long been the contention of experts in mesh removals and complications and supports the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine initiative called Ultrasound First. It urges
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Op-Ed

mam shorter Welcome MAM – Mesh Awareness Movement Gathers Women in Support

MAM Mesh Awareness Movement This section is dedicated to all the mesh victims, their families and supporters specifically for organizing, discussing, planning or anything else related to the Mesh Awareness Movement. This includes dates, times and locations for peaceful MAM gatherings, creating MAM media awareness ideas and sharing links, volunteering, networking, etc etc. We need
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Media Reports

Obtryx II *New* Boston Scientific Offers First Settlement to 3,000 Pelvic Mesh-Injured Women

In a regulatory filing (here), Boston Scientific Corp announced today it’s reached a settlement of $119 million to resolve 2,970 product liability cases concerning pelvic mesh. That would amount to an average award of just $40,000 per claim.  Claims are generally awarded based on the degree of injury resulting from a pelvic mesh implant so
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Your Turn

Judge Goodwin Open Letter to Judge Goodwin

Editors Note* Judge Jospeh Goodwin is overseeing more than 70,000 transvaginal mesh cases consolidated in his federal court in West Virginia. That occurred three years ago and mesh settlements either are slow in coming or nonexistent. This MND readers writes an open letter to Judge Goodwin to help her. Please chime in if you feel
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Mesh Reading Room Resource

TMWF mesh injury bracelet The Mesh Warrior Foundation for the Injured Store

As part of their fundraising efforts, The Mesh Warrior Foundation for the Injured is selling these beautiful Mesh Awareness turquoise and black bracelets to help in its ongoing educational efforts. Quite the conversation starter in turquoise or black… and beautifully made.  A thoughtful gift for anyone and everyone affected by pelvic or hernia mesh!  Yes
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