pelvic mesh Plaintiffs want their Cases heard In philadelphia
Pelvic mesh lawsuit News
September 11, 2017
A group of plaintiffs who are considering legal action against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s allegedly injurious pelvic mesh products have stated that, though they do not reside in Pennsylvania, they have cases that are sufficiently connected to the business of that state that the trials should be heard in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
The statement was released in light of two recent court decisions concerning the jurisdiction that state courts possess in cases concerning out-of-state plaintiffs.
In June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an 8-1 decision – now known as the Bristol-Myers Squibb decision – that effectively prohibits state courts from hearing any cases filed by residents of other states. In August, in light of the SCOTUS ruling, a Philadelphia judge said that he would rethink whether any non-Pennsylvania pelvic mesh cases that had been filed as part of that state’s mass tort program could remain in a Philadelphia court.
The maker of the pelvic mesh devices in question is Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that has its base of operations in New Jersey, a state that is just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Ethicon says that its New Jersey location means that Pennsylvania courts have no jurisdiction over trials involving its products. Ethicon wishes to have nearly 100 cases dismissed from the trial docket.
Plaintiffs have countered that the allegedly defective mesh products were designed, tested, and manufactured in Pennsylvania, a sufficient reason for the trial to be held in that state.
A jury in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas recently handed down a landmark decision against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in highly publicized trial. The jury ordered the company to pay $57.1 million in damages to a plaintiff who claimed that Ethicon pelvic mesh products had caused major damage to her health and quality of life.
Pelvic mesh devices have been implicated in numerous serious health problems, including loss of urinary function, internal organ damage, sexual dysfunction, and various types of infection.
If you’ve had an operation to have a pelvic mesh device surgically implanted, and you have suffered complications, pain, and/or injuries as a result, you may be entitled to join a pelvic mesh lawsuit, or to file one of your own. Contact the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you with your case. The consultation is free.
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