Partner Jeffrey S. Grand Appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

July 22, 2011

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Jeffrey S. Grand has been named Co-Liaison Counsel in In re Pelvic Mesh Litigation, by the Honorable Carol E. Higbee of the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Atlantic County, who is overseeing the centralized management for all transvaginal mesh or pelvic mesh cases filed in New Jersey. As Co-Liaison Counsel, Mr. Grand will assist in leading the cases against C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, and other defendants. It is expected that the number of cases filed in Atlantic County will grow significantly over the coming months.

Mr. Grand’s appointment follows his extensive experience in other high-profile cases involving prescription drugs including Vioxx, Fosamax and Yaz. He has supervised the day-to-day management of complex, multi-party mass tort litigation in state and federal courts and multi-district litigation throughout the United States, and has served on discovery and administrative committees in these litigations. He has served as a member of the trial teams that obtained a $47.5 million verdict for Vioxx-related cardiovascular injury in Humeston v. Merck & Co., in New Jersey Superior Court in 2007, and several plaintiff victories in the Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

On July 13, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a safety communication advising patients and doctors to consider alternative treatments to transvaginal mesh. Additionally, the FDA announced that it will convene to discuss whether transvaginal mesh should be removed from the market. Further, the FDA recommended that women suffering from Pelvic Organ Prolapse refrain from undergoing surgical placement of transvaginal mesh because the implants expose them to an increased risk of sustaining serious and fatal injuries.

In 2008, the FDA issued its first communication regarding the dangers associated with transvaginal mesh, and has since continued to review the safety of the devices. Since that time, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has provided a wealth of consumer information concerning transvaginal mesh on its website, www.consumerinjurylawyers.com. If you or a loved one underwent a surgical procedure and have been implanted with transvaginal mesh, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.

For more information about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at info@consumerinjurylawyers.com.