Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits Filed Against Ethicon Centralized in Kansas Federal Court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
October 16, 2015 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsOctober 16, 2015 - A panel of federal judges has created a new multidistrict litigation to house more than two dozen power morcellator lawsuits (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/power-morcellator/lawsuit/) filed against Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon, Inc. subsidiary. According to a Transfer Order issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on October 15th, all pending federal cases brought on behalf of women who allegedly experienced the spread and upstaging of uterine cancers due to Ethicon morcellators will be transferred to the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, as will any future filings. (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2652)
"Court records indicate that at least 28 Ethicon morcellator lawsuits are pending in federal courts around the country, and it's likely that more cases will be filed in the future. The creation of this new multidistrict litigation will allow these claims to move more efficiently through the court system," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm has been retained by a number of clients whose uterine cancers were allegedly spread via morcellation, and continues to provide free legal consultations to women who may have suffered similar harm as a result of these devices.
Power Morcellators and Cancer
Power morcellators are used in minimally-invasive hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) to shred tissue so that it may be removed via a small abdominal incision. Since April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two public health alerts regarding the potential for these devices to disseminate undiagnosed uterine sarcoma cells and other malignancies during gynecological procedures, which can greatly worsen a patient's chances for long-term survival. The FDA's most recent warning, which was released in November 2014, cautioned against the use of power morcellators in the majority of women who undergo uterine surgery, and required device manufacturers to add strong new warnings to their product labels regarding this risk.
Ethicon, Inc. was once a leading marketer of power morcellators. But in July 2014, the company suspended sales of its three morcellator products: Gynecare Morcellex," "Morcellex Sigma" and "Gynecare X-Tract." The Ethicon morcellator lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts all put forth similar allegations regarding design defects that purportedly increase the risk that the company's devices will promote the spread of uterine cancer. Plaintiffs also accuse Ethicon of failing to provide appropriate warnings to doctors and patients regarding this risk.
Victims of uterine cancers that were allegedly spread via a power morcellator may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To learn more about filing a morcellator lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website, or call the Firm directly for a free, no-obligation case review at 800-511-5092.
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Sandy A. Liebhard, Esq.
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