Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: C.R. Bard Transvaginal Mesh Trial Resumes After Mistrial, Notes Hissey Kientz, LLP

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP reports that the first transvaginal mesh bellwether trial against C.R. Bard resumed July 29, 2013 in federal court in West Virginia. According to documents filed in Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc. (2:11-cv-00195; S.D.W.Va.), plaintiff Donna Cisson alleges that her Avaulta transvaginal mesh implant manufactured by C.R. Bard resulted in injuries such as pain, bleeding and bladder spasms.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin declared the first federal transvaginal mesh trial a mistrial on July 10, 2013 after a gynecological expert witness for Cisson testified about C.R. Bards mesh marketing practices in violation of his earlier ruling on the topic, according to a Bloomberg article from July 10, 2013.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), transvaginal mesh implants can cause patients to experience serious complications such as vaginal mesh erosion, mesh migration, organ perforation, severe pain, problems during intercourse, bleeding, infection and urinary problems.

In a Public Health Notification issued on July 13, 2011, the FDA revealed that it had received a total of 3,864 reports of complications involving transvaginal mesh products between 2008 and 2010.

Patients who have experienced vaginal mesh erosion, mesh migration, severe pain, problems during intercourse or bleeding after being implanted with transvaginal mesh may wish to speak with a lawyer to find out if they are eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free transvaginal mesh lawsuit consultation, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by email at info(at)hkllp(dot)com.

About Hissey Kientz, LLP

Hissey Kientz, LLP ( represents individuals experiencing complications from transvaginal mesh, as well as victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, birth defects linked to the antidepressant drugs Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa and Effexor, Medtronic Infuse Bone Grafts, Stryker and BioMet hip replacements, GranuFlo dialysis concentrate and other defective drugs and medical devices.

How to admit an expert witness in a mock trial case?

Question by AHS: How to admit an expert witness in a mock trial case?
I know what expert witnesses are and what they are used for but I do not know how to ask the judge if I can admit them. I know once you give credit towards the witnesses education and/or experities, you say “your Honor, I would like to admit _________ as an expert witness” I need help asking if I can admit the witness by saying it formally…any information would be great. Thanks

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Federal Bard Trial Scheduled to be Retried July 29, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports

(PRWEB) July 29, 2013

The first federal bellwether trial for a Bard transvaginal mesh lawsuit was scheduled to start over today in Charleston, W.V., according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, a law firm that represents hundreds of transvaginal mesh plaintiffs, notes that the initial trial was declared a mistrial two weeks ago because of improper testimony from an expert witness.

Plaintiffs Dan and Donna Cisson allege that device manufacturer C.R. Bards Avaulta transvaginal mesh implant was designed defectively and caused Donna to suffer serious injury, according to court documents in Cisson v. C. R. Bard, Inc. (MDL-2187; 2:11-cv-00195; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia).

We are pleased that the plaintiff has another opportunity for a trial, said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP.

Women who have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits allege that the devices have caused them to suffer several serious adverse side effects since implantation, including vaginal erosion. The mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Recent vaginal mesh awards included a 2012 verdict in California against Bard which resulted in a $ 5.5 million damages award* to the plaintiff and a 2013 verdict against Ethicon that resulted in an $ 11 million award** to a woman who alleged serious injury from her implant.

The Rottenstein Law Group LLP encourages those who believe they have suffered from the alleged side effects of their vaginal mesh implants to download a free informational brochure from its website. Those who believe their mesh has injured them will find instructions and procedures for filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, in addition to more information about side effects.

* (July 24, 2012)

** (Feb. 28, 2013)


The Rottenstein Law Group LLP is a New York-based firm that represents clients nationwide in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices and medications. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)


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