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June 17, 2019

Lawsuits Filed Against Mesh Lawyers Over Fees, Missed Deadlines

Some of the lawyers who represent women in mesh litigation are being sued by their clients over the high fees associated with the lawsuits and alleged missed filing deadlines, the New York Times reports.

Previous reporting by the Times uncovered an “assembly-line-like system” in which lawyers, doctors, and lawsuit lenders coerced women into surgery to boost the potential settlement values before they sued the manufacturer. Federal prosecutors have already indicted two men over the scheme. Now, a class of about 1,400 clients have sued their lawyers in New Jersey, alleging the 40 percent contingency fees they charged violate state fee caps. Another group of women filed suit in Houston, saying that their lawyers took on so many cases that it forced them to miss filing deadlines.

A law professor at the University of Georgia School of Law said “there is no built-in review structure to assure fairness” for clients in these cases.

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