Bellwether Trials in Mass Torts Are Again, However They Look a Bit Completely different

Bellwether Trials in Mass Torts Are Back, But They Look a Bit Different

In the first trial of Bard's hernia mesh, the jury was surrounded on three sides by Plexiglas. The lead plaintiff, Timothy O'Brien, called the configuration an "egg carton". In fact, O’Brien, who had to look through Plexiglas from his own lawyer’s desk, joked in introductory statements to the jury that he had never tried a case “looking outside a fishbowl”.

However, on September 8, the Columbus, Ohio trial got what it should and ended in six weeks with a verdict. The jury was on Bard's side. The next lead process is planned for January 10th.


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