Bard Fights To Delay Mesh Trial After Judge Urges Settling

Law360, New York (January 7, 2015, 5:39 PM EST) -- C.R. Bard Inc. argued Wednesday that widely publicized comments in December by the West Virginia federal judge overseeing its pelvic mesh injury litigation that it should settle in the face of "potentially billions of dollars in verdicts" warrant delaying a trial scheduled for February. 

In a motion in West Virginia federal court, the device maker argued that comments by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin reported in the media last month suggest that he had "prejudged" Bard's liability in the litigation. Bard is contending with claims that its Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh implants can cause serious conditions including scarring and bleeding,...

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