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Yesterday, a Philadelphia jury ruled Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must pay an injured woman $5.5 million in compensatory damages for its negligence over the defectively designed Prolift pelvic mesh. Today, the jury also awarded her $7 million in punitive damages – a sum intended to punish Johnson & Johnson for having marketed an unsafe product.

This was the second product liability trial involving Prolift mesh, one of the most widely used pelvic meshes produced. The first Prolift trial of Linda Gross in 2013 resulted in a $11.1 million ruling for Ms. Gross but did not find the mesh was defective in its design. That verdict is still under appeal.

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transvaginal-mesh-lawsuit-verdict-johnson-johnson-300x271Johnson & 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.

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reyes-blog-022613-300x300Transvaginal mesh implants used in surgery – not a fun subject by any means. But worst of all, these implants have been a living hell for the women who suffered the horrible symptoms associated with them.

Yesterday an Atlantic City, New Jersey jury awarded $3.35 million to Linda Gross. The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, must pay this substantial amount in what is the first of 2,100 lawsuits over the transvaginal mesh implant. Now, punitive damages in this case may amount to as much as $16.75 million.

Apparently, the South Dakota woman’s surgeon wasn’t warned of the dangers associated with its Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh implant. What’s more, it is claimed that Ethicon misled her. Linda Gross, a 47-year-old nurse was experiencing constant pain and 18 operations after the device was implanted. So along with her husband, she sued Ethicon. According to Gross’s attorney Adam Slater, “This verdict establishes that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon failed to tell physicians and women the truth about the catastrophic complications that can result from the Prolift.”

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