Johnson & Johnson, a health-care company based in New Jersey, has been ordered to pay $1.2 million to Linda Batiste after a Texas jury ruled that its TVT-O mesh sling had a faulty design.
Produced by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, the TVT-O vaginal mesh insert eroded in 64-year-old plaintiff, causing pelvic pain from infection and nerve damage. J&J faces over 12,000 mesh lawsuits – most of which are being heard by a federal judge in West Virginia.
Previously, advocacy group Corporate Action Network had petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder to look into allegations that J&J had tampered with evidence. They accused the company of destroying records that indicated research volunteers were injured during the testing of the product.
Regardless of how the tampering investigation turns out, the verdict returned in Linda Batiste v. Ethicon is a major victory for those injured by the defective TVT-O. It sets the precedent for future action against J&J.
Have you or a loved one been impacted by the TVT-O or another defective mesh product? If so, read this.