The verdict gives us renewed confidence that many other women who have suffered serious side effects related to mesh products made by a variety of companies will be able to secure the compensation they deserve when their cases go to trial later this year.
Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) March 01, 2013
Unsafe medical device lawyer Derek H. Potts today commended a New Jersey jury that awarded $11.1 million to a South Dakota woman who underwent multiple surgeries and suffered painful complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant made by a division of Johnson & Johnson. The verdict included a $3.35 million compensatory award, plus $7.76 million in punitive damages, according to a February 28 Bloomberg report.
“As an attorney who represents other women who have been harmed by vaginal mesh implants, I am encouraged by the recent verdict,” Potts said. “I am also pleased with the jury’s finding that the manufacturer of this surgical mesh product failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with it and made fraudulent misrepresentations to the patient.”
Potts was referring to the case of Gross v. Gynecare Inc. (Case No. Atl-L-6966-10 in the Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey), a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift surgical mesh implant.
The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff on February 25 after deliberating for five days, according to a Bloomberg article. After the judge allowed separate consideration of punitive damages, which are meant to punish defendants, the jury on February 28 found that punitives were warranted and added $7.76 million to the compensatory award, Bloomberg reported.
Potts is the founder and managing partner of the Potts Law Firm, LLP, based in Kansas City and Houston. He is pursuing several other combined lawsuits against various manufacturers on behalf of women who claim that they suffered serious injuries and complications from vaginal mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and / or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Trials in federal transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) lawsuits are scheduled to begin later this year in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The cases include:
- In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187) on June 11.
- In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325) on December 3.
- In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327) on January 14, 2014.
- In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326) on February 20, 2014.
Additionally, federal litigation against vaginal mesh manufacturer Mentor has been scheduled for bellwether jury trials on June 3 and July 5 in the Middle District of Georgia. That case is In re: Mentor Corp. Obtape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2004).
Potts, a nationally recognized defective medical device attorney, serves as plaintiffs’ liaison counsel and co-lead counsel in the Mentor ObTape federal MDL, plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in the C.R. Bard federal MDL and executive committee member overseeing all five vaginal mesh MDLs currently consolidated in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia. Potts and the Potts Law team will be directly involved as co-lead trial counsel in both the C.R. Bard and Mentor bellwether trials.
“The jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson this week in New Jersey gives us renewed confidence that many other women who have suffered serious side effects related to mesh products made by a variety of companies will be able to secure the compensation they deserve when their cases go to trial later this year,” Potts said.
“This news should also be reassuring to victims of transvaginal mesh complications who have not yet come forward,” he said. “I encourage any woman who has undergone a transvaginal mesh implant and suffered serious side effects to consult with an experienced surgical mesh lawyer such as the ones at The Potts Law Firm.”
About The Potts Law Firm, LLP
Founded in 2002 by Derek Potts, The Potts Law Firm, LLP, which is based in Kansas City and Houston, is committed to aggressively representing those who have been wronged by the negligence, misconduct, or fraud of others from coast to coast. The firm’s practice areas include aviation, birth injuries, car accidents, class action, consumer protection, dangerous drugs and devices, environmental and toxic exposure, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, securities litigation, unfair business practices and truck accidents. For more information, call the firm toll free at (866) 311-2230 or use its online form at potts-law.com.