A California jury returned a $5.7 million verdict against Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, after finding the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused a woman to suffer injuries that will leave her in chronic pain. Plaintiff Coleen Perry sued the companies and her doctor in California state court over injuries she alleged were caused by the companies’ TVT Abbrevo mesh. The jury awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in the case. Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson say they plan to appeal the verdict.
Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or a bladder sling, has been associated with serious complications including erosion or perforation causing damages to internal organs and tissue, resulting in symptoms such as chronic pain, infections, hemorrhaging, and incontinence. The mesh is used to support pelvic organs that have dropped causing discomfort, and/or incontinence – common conditions known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Many women have required multiple surgeries to try to remove the mesh, and some are left with lifelong pain and disability.
There are thousands of lawsuits pending against a number of manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. More than 70,000 cases are consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) before U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
The litigation seems to be shifting in the direction of the Plaintiffs, as manufacturers are hit with verdicts or opt to settle in early bellwether cases. Recent settlements and verdicts in this litigation include:
If you need more information on this litigation, contact Leigh O’Dell or Chad Cook, lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Leigh.Odell@beasleyallen.com or Chad.Cook@beasleyallen.com.
Sources: Law 360, RightingInjustice.com, Drugwatch.com
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