The first Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been scheduled to go before a jury at the end of next year in New Jersey state court.
Judge Carol E. Higbee is overseeing the consolidated Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuits in New Jersey Superior Court and scheduled the first of a number of Ethicon Gynecare bellwether trials, to begin in November 2012.
Preliminary discovery for cases being prepared for early trial dates is to be completed by March 30, and expert witnesses are to be deposed by October 5, according to a scheduling order Judge Higbee issued on October 28.
At least 350 lawsuits over the transvaginal mesh have been centralized under Higbee for pretrial proceedings. The cases involves women who received Gynecare Prolift mesh, Gynecare Gynemesh, Gynecare Prolene mesh, Gynecare TVT sling or another pelvic mesh product manufactured by Ethicon.
The vaginal mesh products were designed to reinforce weakened or damaged tissue on the pelvic floor that hold organs in place, such as the bladder, the uterus, the rectum the top of the vagina or the bowel.
All of the complaints involve similar charges that Johnson & Johnson and their Ethicon subsidiary knew the products were unreasonably dangerous when used to repair pelvic organ prolapse or female stress urinary incontinence, but continued to manufacture and sell them.