Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Products

Here at Meshbesher & Spence we have been helping patients and families harmed by defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for decades. Here is a list of some of the cases we are currently handling.

Recent News:


Drug or Device FDA Recall Use Complications to Watch For
Bair Hugger®/infections Used for warming Patients during surgery Deep joint infections following total hip and knee replacement
Belviq February, 2020 Weight loss Cancer
Elmiron Used for bladder pain syndrome Blurry vision, night blindness, difficulty reading, dark spots, loss of close vision, visual dimming, blindness
Essure by Bayer Permanent birth control Device migrations, organ perforation, pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding
Ethicon Staplers 2019 Recall Surgical Stapling Serious adverse health consequences or death
Hip Replacements:

-Biomet magnum/M2a
Smith & Nephew R3
Stryker Rejuvenate
Stryker ABGII
Stryker “LFIT” V40
-Wright Profemur Z
Zimmer M/L Taper

Stryker Rejuvenate & ABGII(Recall July 2012)
FDA action on all “Metal-on-Metal” hips 2013
Smith & Nephew R3(Recall 2013)
Hip Replacements Early Revision Surgery: Metal particles in the blood; pain; development of psedotumors; dislocation;muscles damage
Morcellator Warning April 2014 Hysterectomy The tool used in this laparoscopic surgery scatters cancer cells,immediately advancing a stage 1 cancer to stage 4; Death
Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR Type-2 diabetes Heart failure
Physiomesh™ Recall 2016 Hernia mesh Mesh can migrate and/or erode into intestines or other internal organs
Roundup All-purpose weed killer Type B-cell and C-cell lymphomas
Talcum Powder Baby power/feminine hygiene Ovarian cancer
Valsartan Warning August 2018 High blood pressure and heart failure Fever, Nausea, Vomiting, Liver/Kidney/Lung Dysfunction
Viagra JAMA study 2014 sexual dysfunction melanoma
Zantac September, 2019 Heartburn, Stomach Ulcers, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and conditions that cause excess stomach acid. Cancer

What is a “Mass Tort”?

A “Mass Tort” is a fancy way of saying something bad happened to a group of people. Sometimes that is a chemical spill that impacts property, sometimes that might mean an FDA recall of a particular medical device, and other times it might mean something like a train derailment. Our “mass tort”/class action attorneys represent large groups of people, who collectively bring a claim, usually against a corporate or business, to court. Here at Meshbesher & Spence, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of people who have been harmed by the wrongful acts of corporations, insurance companies, and other businesses. Our practice is focused on consumer fraud actions, private attorney general actions, multi-district litigation (“MDLs”), and class actions.

What is an “MDL”?

The United State Supreme Court promotes cost and time saving by coordinating certain cases so they can be heard together. The decision about whether the cases should be joined together or not is made by the “Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation” also known as the JPML. Anytime an MDL is created, all Plaintiffs who file similar lawsuits in the federal court system will be consolidated and grouped with the other lawsuits filed in federal court. This process is known as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). Whether the MDL process is right for you will depend on the facts of your case. At Meshbesher & Spence, we evaluate each case individually because we understand that each situation is unique. Contact us to discuss whether participating in the MDL or pursuing your lawsuit on an individual basis is the right strategy for your case.

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When you hire an attorney from Meshbesher & Spence, you will not pay any attorney fees until you receive compensation. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you owe us nothing. This kind of pay structure is called a “contingent fee agreement”.

Why Choose Meshbesher & Spence?

The attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence have been representing families in crisis for over 50 years. Ron Meshbesher established his Minneapolis legal practice in 1961 with a skilled staff dedicated to preserving and defending the welfare of individuals and families. Our highly skilled litigators specialize in personal injury, class action, and civil litigation. The experienced lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence will help you seek compensation for your injuries.


Our team of attorneys has represented thousands of people from all over the United States, both individually and in groups, and have recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Some of our past work includes:

  • A settlement in excess of $1.5 Billion for patients impacted by the Stryker Rejuvenate/ABGII recall (Genevieve Zimmerman was appointed to the Settlement Committee who negotiated this settlement)
  • $40 Million Settlement for Class Action settlement involving off-label pediatric use of the prescription drug Paxil
  • Representing individuals injured by the drugs including Vioxx, Fen-Phen, Baycol, Permax, Levaquin, Zicam & Avandia
  • Helping families who were wrongfully denied health insurance benefits
  • Assisting individuals who paid for drugs that were not as effective as claimed
  • Aiding individuals injured by medical devices such as cardiac defibrillators, heart pumps and cochlear implants

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

Each state has its own “statute of limitations”, which is the state rule setting the maximum time when an injury claim must be filed. This is known as the statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer, marketers, sellers or healthcare providers before the statute of limitation expires, you will be prevented from bringing your claim against the companies and persons who may have caused your injuries.

Our attorneys are ready to begin investigating your claim, and will do everything we can to advocate for you and your family. Contact Meshbesher & Spence today.

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