Tighe Wilhelmy here with Velawcity to discuss the most recent hernia mesh centralization. This centralization was approved by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) for Ethicon’s Physiomesh product. MD-2782 was approved for transfer on June 2nd 2017, has been assigned to Judge Richard W. Story in the Northern District of Georgia and includes (70) pending actions against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. An interesting note about this venue is Ethicon manufactured parts of their mesh products in the Northern District of Georgia. Furthermore, these pending actions share common facts, such as the design defect resulting in complications, including but not limited to hernia recurrence, mesh deformation, adhesions to bowels and more.
The defendants obviously opposed the MDL formation, arguing there is a wide variety of alleged injuries. This argument was rejected by the JPMDL on the basis that almost all injury litigations involve plaintiff-specific aspects. The defendants were also concerned the MDL formation would result in an increase of claims lacking merit. This argument was also rejected with the understanding Honorable Richard Story would be able to quickly identify and dismiss these.
For additional information regarding the ongoing Hernia Mesh litigation, including case acquisition, please visit our website or give us a call. I’m Tighe Wilhelmy and thanks for watching.