Due to the expanding litigation with regard to several products, multiple
new consolidations have been announced. Judge Goodwin in the Southern
District of West Virginia will receive all federal cases involving vaginal
slings (also known as
transvaginal mesh) made by American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific and Ethicon, Inc.
Judge William Duffey in the Northern District of Georgia will now manage
all the Wright Medical Conserve
metal-on-metal hips. To promote judicial economy, lawsuits involving the same products can
be consolidated with one judge for pre-trial management. Transvaginal
mesh has come under attack for poor designs which result in pain, erosion,
infection and other injuries in many women. The Conserve hip has been
linked to stem failure and metallosis, tissue necrosis, pseudo tumors
and other problems.