(Reuters) — A U.S. judge Thursday urged transvaginal mesh device makers and the women suing them to work harder to resolve their 10s of thousands of lawsuits in 1 of the biggest U.S. mass torts in history.
A Pennsylvania state judge ordered the creation of a mass tort this week to collect product liability lawsuits filed over pelvic mesh products against some of the largest names in medical devices.
Five medical device companies that make pelvic mesh implants are hoping to negotiate settlements for the more than 30,000 pending lawsuits they’re facing in the U.S., anonymous sources told Bloomberg.
The French manufacturer of the mesh used in Coloplast’s embattled Aris transobturator tape system was dismissed from one of the thousands of personal injury lawsuits filed over pelvic mesh systems.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) doled out more than $2 billion in cash to acquire Dako, a Denmark-based cancer diagnostic company with more than 1,000 employees with a foothold in more than 100 countries.
The deal, intended to grow Agilent’s life sciences business, is the largest in the company’s history, according to a press release.