C.R. Bard will – hopefully – be forced to defend its vaginal mesh implants to a federal jury next year.
Next year? Yes, regrettably, the wheels of justice move slowly in personal injury cases generally, but particularly in mass tort case like the vaginal mesh implant lawsuits. But the judge overseeing the federal lawsuits has set February 5, 2013 as the trial date for the first of about 600 federal lawsuits alleging that Bard’s Avaulta device caused organ damage.
Bard, however, is not the only defendant; the whole industry got these products wrong because they were out chasing a few bucks.
Ultimately, I would bet a lot of money that there will be a global settlement in these cases before this bellwether trial in February. Bard is going to stick out its chest for a while, but I don’t think it wants a trial in these cases.