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It’s about time – First Women Majority MDL – Ethicon Power Morcellator


morcIt’s about time!  Congratulations to the well deserved women in the Ethicon Inc’s (a unit of Johnson & Johnson)Power Morcellator MDL.  Our firm just represented one of these clients in the medical malpractice suit in NY, in which the client died.  Bravo to U.S. District Judge Kathy Vratil of Kansas for speaking loudly about “best practices” in MDL’s.

The leadership of Paul Pennock and Aimee Wagstaff should be commended.  The women members of the PSC are Anne Andrews of Andrews Thornton, Sindhu Daniel of Baron & Budd, Yvonne Flaherty of Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Elizabeth Graham of Grant Eisenhofer, Andrea Hirsch of Herman Gerel, Rebecca King of Tracy & Fox, Megan Mckenzie of Robins Kaplan, Stephanie O’connor of Douglas and London, Meghan Quinlivan of Burg Simpson, and Carmen Scott of Motley Rice.

Power Morcellators are a medical device used to remove fibroids or the entire uterus during a hysterectomy.  Ethicon and J&J had these devices removed from stock after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety advisory due to the potential increase in cancer risks.

Although creating change in the practice of law can sometimes seem like a sea of unchanging currents, the effects of grass root collaboration and networking inspired by and captured in the WEM(womenenmass.com), conference cannot be understated.


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    This is great news for the legal profession but even better news for the women included in the power morcellator multidistrict litigation.. The Power Morcellator leadership includes some of the brightest and hardest working legal advocates available – and, they happen to be women. Kudos to the Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil Senior Judge United States District Court of Kansas and the plaintiff’s leadership for appointing the best people to represent women who underwent the spinning blades of a power morcellator and then learned the fibroids that spread throughout their body were cancerous. Thanks for sharing the news, John, and always advocating for women lawyers.

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    Thank you John for your unwavering support of WEM and of women attorneys in general. This may be the most important Womens’ issue and litigation to come along since transvaginal mesh.