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Covidien Renews Pitch for Combined Hernia Mesh Proceeding

Feb. 24, 2022, 5:44 PM

Covidien LP and affiliated companies asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for the second time to combine hernia mesh product liability suits, saying circumstances have dramatically changed since its first request for a multidistrict proceeding was denied in 2020.

The suits should be combined and sent to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Covidien said.

Plaintiffs link the hernia products to pain, infection, and other complications. They allege that the hernia repair products are flawed and say the risk warnings were inadequate.

In August 2020, the panel said combining the lawsuits wouldn’t streamline the litigation ...