The 2nd bellwether trial over pelvic mesh products made by Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) kicked off in a Massachusetts state court yesterday, a few weeks after the medical device company won its 1st product liability bellwether.
The latest trial, Maria Cardenas vs. Boston Scientific Corp., is expected to take 2 to 4 weeks, according to Law360.com. Cardenas alleges that Boston Scientific’s defective design of the transvaginal mesh sling caused her injuries, the website reported.
The Marlborough, Mass.-based company is facing thousands of similar lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country, along with peers C.R. Bard (NYSE:BCR), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary Ethicon, Endo Health Solutions (NSDQ:ENDP), Cook Medical,Covidien (NYSE:COV) and Coloplast (CPH:COLO B).
In late July Boston Scientific won the 1st personal injury lawsuit to go to trial over its Pinnacle pelvic mesh product, with a Massachusetts jury finding that the device was properly designed and that the medical device company gave adequate warning about risks. Diane Albright alleged that the Pinnacle mesh was improperly designed and caused her injuries after it was implanted in 2010.
Another pelvic mesh trial is slated to go to trial in September in a Delaware state court, according to news reports.