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Washington, DCEndo International Plc, the owner of American Medical Systems, has made good on its word to settle AMS transvaginal mesh claims, unlike other transvaginal mesh manufacturers, namely unethical Ethicon.

Last fall the company agreed to pay almost $1.3 billion, in addition to $54.4 million already paid, to resolve AMS TVM lawsuits. Ethicon, however, is still holding out on its claims. Perhaps because it has the largest number of lawsuits filed over its transvaginal mesh products, now exceeding 23,000 claims. Or perhaps it hopes that plaintiffs with transvaginal mesh complaints will get worn down and go away. Unfortunately, TVM complications don’t usually go away.

Last month Endo reported to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, the West Virginia federal judge overseeing the AMS multidistrict litigation, that it had reached settlements with about 350 plaintiffs. The multidistrict litigation is In re: American Medical Systems Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, case number 2:12-md-02325, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Endo told Judge Goodwin that it had “compromised and settled all claims” in about 360 cases in 12 joint motions to dismiss; about 30 of those cases asserted claims against other companies, including Boston Scientific Corp. and C.R. Bard Inc., according to Law360.

Endo resolved the majority of claims last fall with “master settlements” that didn’t admit any liability or fault. Rather, Rajiv De Silva, president and CEO of Endo, said that he was pleased to resolve most transvaginal mesh litigation. “We believe that these settlements will also allow the AMS business to continue its return to growth and enhance focus on the operations and profitability of this leading medical device franchise,” Silva said in a press release (Sept 30, 2014).

While Endo has said most claims have been settled, it estimates that “all known, pending and estimated future claims primarily related to vaginal mesh products” will total about $1.6 billion. Payments under all settlements will be paid through 2017.

Meanwhile, Judge Goodwin issued a pretrial order on April 2, ordering another joint conference status meeting on June 2. The meeting is set up to find some way of resolving the majority of transvaginal complaints with manufacturers including AMS and Ethicon as well as Boston Scientific, Bard Avaulta, Coloplast, Cook and Neomedic. Perhaps Judge Goodwin will use AMS as an example for other companies to do the right thing…

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My case has been with the "Master" since October and still no word. I was told that even the people that they have settled with have not received the settlement months later. Very frustrating as I am awaiting another surgery to repair the damage from this device.

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MY CASE IS WITH THE MASTER STTTLEMENT, IT HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 2 MONTHS. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW LONG DOES THIS PROCESS USUALLY TAKE I'M IN A TEAR 4 CATAGORY, HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I LOOK TO RECEIVE ?

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Can some one suggest to Judge Joseph R Goodwin to speed this case up try to get 4 or 5 more judges to help him out Then the cases will move a lot faster and they maybe able to do atleast 10 cases a month or more ,and if they can't settle send the case to trial and let that be the end.

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HAS AMS HAD ANY TROUBLE WITH THE MALE SLING SIMULAR TO THE FEMALE SO CALLED SLING???

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