AMS Mesh Lawsuits Consolidated and Attorney David Szerlag Appointed to Leadership Position

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Attorney David Szerlag was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) for consolidated pretrial litigation procedures for lawsuits against American Medical Systems, Inc. (AMS) on behalf of women who had certain of the company’s vaginal mesh products implanted during pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair surgery (In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc. Litigation, Consolidated File No. 27-CV-11-3933, Fourth Judicial District, State of Minnesota, Hennepin County). Szerlag has had leadership positions in other consolidated litigation proceedings and has won millions for people injured by medical products.

The consolidated AMS mesh lawsuits were filed in state courts throughout the United States and consolidated (for pretrial purposes only) in Minnesota because AMS is a Minnesota company. Because this consolidation only involves pretrial proceedings (gathering of evidence, etc.) this is not a class action lawsuit. The pretrial consolidation is meant to allow for efficient and timely resolution of the individual vaginal prolapse mesh lawsuits.

As part of the PSC, attorney David Szerlag will be investing a significant amount of time in discovery (gathering evidence), hearings and meetings, and other pretrial matters. Specifically, the court has assigned the following duties to Mr. Szerlag and the members of the PSC:

  1. Initiate, coordinate and conduct all pretrial discovery;
  2. Develop and propose to the Court schedules for the commencement, execution, and completion of all discovery;
  3. Cause to be issued in the name of plaintiffs the necessary discovery requests, motions, and subpoenas pertaining to any witnesses and documents needed to properly prepare for the pretrial or relevant issues found in the pleadings;
  4. Conduct all discovery in a coordinated and consolidated manner;
  5. Coordinate discovery and other litigation efforts;
  6. Call meetings of counsel to coordinate responses to questions of the court or AMS;
  7. Initiate proposals, suggestions, schedules, or joint briefs, or an other appropriate matter(s) pertaining to pretrial proceedings;
  8. Act as a spokesperson for all plaintiffs at pretrial proceedings and in response to any inquires by the court;
  9. Submit and argue verbal or written motions, as well as oppose, when necessary and appropriate, any motions submitted by AMS;
  10. Negotiate and enter into stipulations with AMS; and
  11. Explore, develop, and pursues all settlement options.

David Szerlag is of counsel for our law firm, which has offices in Minneapolis, MN. David has offices in Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts. Contact David.


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