Meghan Quinlivan, Shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., is among the members appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) in the multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) against Ethicon Inc., a manufacturer of morcellation devices. A majority of the appointed members of the PSC, which U.S. District Judge Kathy Vratil of Kansas approved on Wednesday November 18th, are women.
The MDL lawsuit alleges that the manufacturer’s power morcellation devices, used during laparoscopic surgeries in the abdomen, can cause the spread of undiagnosed cancer. Power morcellators are used commonly to remove uterine fibroids or in hysterectomy procedures. The device is used to shred tissue into smaller pieces that can be extracted through a small incision in the abdomen.
Ethicon pulled its devices from shelves worldwide last year after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing potential cancer risks, issued a safety advisory discouraging the use of power morcellators.