This is just the most recent trial victory involving a pelvic mesh claim filed against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson.
New York, New York (PRWEB) March 06, 2015
A California Superior Court jury weighing arguments a vaginal mesh lawsuit (http://www.filevaginalmeshlawsuit.com/) filed against Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon, Inc. unit has ordered the companies to pay $5.7 million to a woman who suffered serious complications following implantation of the TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh sling to treat stress urinary incontinence. In a verdict rendered on March 5th, the jury found that the Abbrevo sling was defectively designed, and that doctors and patients were not provided with adequate warnings about its risks. After eight weeks of testimony and three days of deliberations, the panel awarded the Plaintiff $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. (Case No. S-1500-CV-279123)
“This is just the most recent trial victory involving a pelvic mesh claim filed against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson. We are pleased with this outcome, as our firm is representing numerous women who have similar lawsuits pending against these defendants. This decision might provide insight into how juries will react to similar vaginal mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon devices,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to investigate legal claims on behalf of women who suffered serious vaginal mesh complications, allegedly due to products marketed by Ethicon and other manufacturers.
Ethicon Mesh Litigation
According to court documents, the California case was filed on behalf of a woman who received the TVT-Abbrevo sling in 2011 to treat stress urinary incontinence. According to her complaint, the device caused continuing pain and urinary problems, even after she underwent surgery to remove the mesh. The lawsuit is one of more than 20,000 that have been filed against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in U.S. courts. The majority of these claims are currently pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327)
Court records indicate that two bellwether trials have already concluded in the federal Ethicon litigation. Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson prevailed in the first case, after the Court granted their motion for a judgment as a matter of law in February 2014. (Case No. 2:12-cv-04301) In September 2014, the jury hearing arguments in the proceeding’s second bellwether case awarded $3.27 million to a woman who suffered serious vaginal mesh complications due to the erosion of the Ethicon TVT-O Mesh sling. (2:2012-cv-05201)
In addition to his work on the federal Ethicon litigation, Mr. Grand is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in a multicounty litigation underway in New Jersey Superior Court involving Ethicon mesh products. He was also a member of the Plaintiff’s trial team for its first bellwether trial, which ended in March 2013 with the jury awarding more than $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman injured by the Gynecare Prolift device. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)
Court records indicate that more than 70,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending in several litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Grand is also a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committees for the remaining vaginal mesh litigations: In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2326; In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2325; In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2187; Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2387; In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2440; and In Re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2511.
Mr. Grand has also been appointed Co-Liaison Counsel in a second proceeding underway in New Jersey Superior Court for lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard. (In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10)
Alleged victims of serious vaginal mesh complications may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. Learn more about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit at Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website or the Firm's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/meshlawsuit. To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 800-511-5092.
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