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Ethicon Settles Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Only a Day after Being Hit with a $5.7 Million Verdict

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Ethicon Settles Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Ethicon Settles Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit


Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon settled a transvaginal mesh lawsuit five days into the trial, in the wake of a $5.7 million verdict in a related suit.

Ethicon spokesman Matthew Johnson confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday that the bellwether case had been settled, but declined to provide any details of the deal. Jurors were told on Friday, the fifth day of the trial, that the case had concluded.

The plaintiff in the case alleges that she suffered inflammation, chronic pain and other complications as a result of having the Ethicon-made device surgically implanted. She allegedly had four additional operations to remove and revise the mesh, court papers viewed by Law360 show.

Seven massive multidistrict litigations (MDLs) consisting of more than 70,000 cases have been assigned to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation concerning the use of transvaginal mesh devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allege they suffered complications as a result of being implanted with pelvic mesh, according to Law360.

In September, a West Virginia federal jury slammed Ethicon with a $3.3 million verdict over its TVT-O transvaginal sling, finding in favor of the plaintiff on all counts, including strict liability, design defect, failure to warn and negligence. Punitive damages were not awarded. Also in September, Boston Scientific Corp. was hit with a $73 million verdict by a Texas state jury that found that the company’s Obtryx-brand transvaginal sling was defectively designed and caused serious injuries, Law360 reported.

On Thursday, a California jury awarded damages to a plaintiff who alleged her doctor had given her an older, heavier version of a pelvic mesh product that will cause her pain for the rest of her life. The woman was awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages after the jury deliberated for three days. Ethicon plans to appeal the verdict, according to Law360.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Ethicon Settles Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Only a Day after Being Hit with a $5.7 Million Verdict was posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 2:37 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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