Judge Selects 6 Bellwether Contenders In Vaginal Sling MDL

By Caroline Simson (January 22, 2015, 1:21 PM EST) -- A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday narrowed down a field containing hundreds of cases targeting a Johnson & Johnson unit over defective pelvic mesh implants to six possible bellwether cases, two of which will be tried in October and November 2015.

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land ordered the parties to set a schedule and process for selecting the two cases to be tried as bellwethers within three weeks. The cases accuse Mentor Corp. of concealing the risks of the prescription medical device known as the ObTape sling, implanted in women to treat stress urinary incontinence until it was discontinued by...

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