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Settlement reached in federal mesh case

A settlement has been reached in the second transvaginal mesh trial in United States District Court.

That undisclosed settlement in the case of Wanda Queen vs. C.R. Bard was reached Wednesday morning just prior to the opening statements by attorneys.

Queen contended she had suffered complications from a plastic implant used to help with pelvic organ prolapse. Hers was the second of four trials scheduled before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin.

More than 20,000 similar cases against six manufacturers of those medical devices have been filed by women around the country. All were consolidated and are being handled by Goodwin.

Recently, a jury found in favor of Donna Cisson, a North Carolina nurse. She was awarded $2 million and the bulk of the award was for punitive damages against Bard.

Local attorney Harry Bell, who is working with the plaintiffs, said the agreement in the second case was favorable for the remaining litigants. 

"It's a good sign Bard recognizes their problems and exposure in this case," Bell said. "We'll see what that portends for the rest of the litigation." The third trial, also against Bard, is set to begin Oct. 8.


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