Bard Can't Delay Upcoming Mesh Trial Over Judge's Remarks

Law360, New York (January 13, 2015, 5:18 PM EST) -- The West Virginia federal judge overseeing C.R. Bard Inc.'s pelvic mesh injury litigation has rejected the device maker's attempt to delay a February trial because of his widely publicized comments that the company, facing "potentially billions of dollars in verdicts," should settle.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin said in a two-page order on Friday that Bard hadn't shown good cause to delay the trial. In its Jan. 7 motion, Bard had argued that media reports of the judge's comments suggested that he had "prejudged" Bard's liability in the litigation. Bard is facing claims that its Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh...

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