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Talks underway to settle mesh suits

NEW YORK — C.R. Bard Inc. and four other makers of vaginal-mesh implants accused of injuring women are in talks to settle thousands of lawsuits, people familiar with the discussions said.

Lawyers for Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific, and two other companies making vaginal inserts to support women’s pelvic muscles and treat incontinence have begun talks about settling all suits over their products, the people familiar with the matter said.

Johnson & Johnson, which also faces suits over the inserts, isn’t involved in the talks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.


Patients’ lawyers want US District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, W.Va., who is overseeing federal suits targeting the implants, to appoint a settlement committee, the people said.

The group would include plaintiffs lawyers Henry Garrard, lead counsel on the Bard cases, and Joe Rice, a lawyer who helped negotiate a $246 billion tobacco litigation accord on behalf of state attorneys general, the people said.

The discussions are aimed at resolving more than 30,000 implant suits already filed that have been consolidated before Goodwin for pretrial information exchanges, the people said.

The talks also include insert makers Coloplast A/S and Cook Medical Inc., they said. Boston Scientific is based in Natick, Mass.

The total number of suits could swell to more than 50,000 as more claimants seek to join the potential settlement, the people said.