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Federal Mentor ObTape Lawsuits Consolidated

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Last week, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federal lawsuits involving the  The Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling in a Multidistrict Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The cases will be assigned to U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land.

The Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling has been named in at least 22 personal injury lawsuits that were pending in various federal courts. In October, Mentor Corp. had asked the panel to transfer the ObTape lawsuits to either the Western District of Oklahoma, the Northern District of Oklahoma or Northern District of Ohio.  However, plaintiffs’ attorneys, who opposed the consolidation, requested the lawsuits be assigned to the Middle District of Georgia, where 5 cases – the most in any single federal court – are pending.

The aim of a Multidistrict Litigation is to help avoid duplicate discovery and  inconsistent pretrial rulings in different courts, and conserve the resources of the Court and the parties involved in the litigation. Multidistrict Litigation is not the same as a class action lawsuit.  Each case in a Multidistrict Litigation retains its own identity. If the Multidistrict Litigation process does not resolve the cases, they are transferred back to the court where they originated for trial.

The Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling was first marketed by Mentor Corp. in 2003.  Before it was pulled from the market in 2006, the Mentor ObTape was implanted in some 35 million women worldwide.  The device was meant to treat stress urinary incontinence, an embarrassing loss of bladder control that afflicts 13 million people. The disorder occurs mostly in women, and is caused by weak muscle tone that can result from child birth, old age and other conditions.

In 2006, the Journal of Urology published a study that examined an unusually high number of complications seen in women implanted with the ObTape. The study found that of 67 women who had been implanted with the Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling, 13 percent developed vaginal extrusions. Another eight developed a chronic vaginal discharge, and one patient developed an abscess of the left thigh that tracked to the incision site.

The poor design of the Mentor ObTape did not allow surrounding tissue to receive nutrients and oxygen, which impaired healing.  As a result, between 17 and 18 percent of the women who were implanted with a Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling suffered from complications, with many forced to undergo a difficult surgical procedure to have the device removed. The problems associated with the Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling were so severe and widespread that finally, in 2006 Mentor stopped making and marketing the device.

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