Coloplast wins summary judgement in transvaginal mesh suit in Minnesota

A federal judge in Minnesota granted summary judgment to Coloplast in a lawsuit over the company’s transvaginal mesh.

Angela Dawn Cantrell received the Restorelle L mesh implant as part of a surgery to correct vaginal prolapse in January 2018. Cantrell continued to experience pain and pelvic floor dysfunction after the surgery and underwent additional surgeries.

In 2020, Cantrell commenced action, advancing 11 claims against Coloplast, which now moves for summary judgment and to exclude the opinions and testimony of Cantrell’s six expert witnesses. Cantrell opposed the motions but only contests the motion for summary judgment as to three of the 11 claims: negligent design, design defect and failure to warn.

Coloplast argued that the negligent design claim fails because of a lack of admissible specific causation evidence. The court excluded testimony of Cantrell’s two specific causation experts, meaning she can’t succeed on the cla…

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Boston Sci settles host of state pelvic mesh lawsuits for nearly $189M

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) has agreed to pay $188.6 million to 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve claims that it deceptively marketed transvaginal surgical mesh devices, state AGs announced today.

Pelvic mesh products have been one of the medical device industry’s worst failures so far in the 21st century. First cleared nearly two decades ago, pelvic mesh products were meant to treat the weakening of the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman’s pelvic organs. But they became the subject of thousands of lawsuits and millions of dollars in settlements as women reported pain, excessive bleeding and loss of sexual function.

Boston Sci and Coloplast were the final two companies to sell the devices. FDA ordered a halt to pelvic mesh sales in 2019.

The multistate complaint against Boston Sci claimed that it failed to disclose the full range of potentially serious and irreversible complications caused by mesh. On top of paying the money,…

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