Martha Karen Jones filed a complaint against C.R.Bard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee for the infections caused due to the defectively designed Bard Dulex Hernia Mesh. In her statement, Jones indicated that C. R. Bard and its subsidiary Davol Inc. are responsible for hiding critical information regarding the faulty functioning of the mesh, which was implanted in her body during a hernia revision surgery in June 2008. However, the mesh got infected and had to be removed in September 2012 and resulted in her undergoing additional surgeries until May 2017.
The lawsuit indicated that the defendants failed to warn the doctors and patients that the expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) construction of the Dulex hernia mesh was faulty.
Following a growing number of Bard Hernia Mesh lawsuits claiming internal damage to the body, the plaintiffs filed a motion for centralization before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The defendants support this decision provided all Bard hernia mesh products containing polypropylene including the Composix Kugel (CK) Hernia Patch complaints that were excluded from their original motion would be included in this MDL.
A hearing is set for May 31 in Chicago or July 26 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when oral arguments for the motion of consolidation may be scheduled by the JPML. About 900 Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits and 30 Atrium C-Qur lawsuits are pending in the federal court system.