Pelvic Mesh Trial Lawyer Slams MDL Settlements as Puny

 

As the pelvic mesh MDL has begun to settle, attorneys on the leadership committee have asked the federal court overseeing the litigation’s massive inventory to set aside 5 percent of the awards for common benefit fees and expenses. With the settlements already topping $7 billion, that means more than $360 million is set to distributed among the firms.

However, at least two firms are opposing the request, with one saying the hold-back amount is far too much.

On Monday, attorneys with Philadelphia-based Kline & Specter filed a response opposing the 5 percent set-aside request. The highly critical filing contends that the federal cases have settled for “puny” amounts compared to the multimillion-dollar verdicts juries have been willing to award both in state and federal courts.

“The leaders in this litigation did the worst possible thing to the detriment of all plaintiff mesh victims and their attorneys: they settled their inventories way too cheaply, making it difficult for other attorneys to settle their cases reasonably,” attorney Shanin Specter said in the filing.

Andrus Wagstaff in Colorado also filed a notice of intent to oppose the petition for the 5 percent set aside. The notice did not outline the crux of the firm’s objection, but the notice did say that it hired Blank Rome attorney Andrew Williamson to represent the firm in the dispute.

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