TVM Lawsuit Update (MDL 2326): Boston Scientific Ordered by Jury to Pay $18.5 Million in Second Federal Trial
For the second time this month, Boston Scientific has been found liable by a jury in federal court for selling defective vaginal mesh implants, according to the Chicago Tribune. A jury in West Virginia federal court deliberated for six hours before concluding that Boston Scientific failed to adequately warn the four women at issue and their doctors about the risks associated with their Obtryx implants. The jury awarded $18.5 million in damages to the four women, including $4 million in punitive damages. Judge Irene Berger presided over the trial involving the four women at issue: Jacquelyn Tyree, Carol Sue Campbell, Jeanie Blankenship and Chris Rene Wilson.
The first federal trial occurred in Florida earlier this month and resulted in Boston Scientific being ordered by a jury to pay four women a total of $26.7 million in compensatory damages. To date, there have been two other trials involving Boston Scientific that have occurred in state court, with the first resulting in a defense verdict in favor of Boston Scientific in Massachusetts state court (Albright v. Boston Scientific Corp., Case No. 12-909, Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, County of Middlesex) and the second resulting in Boston Scientific being ordered to pay $73 million in damages to a woman seriously injured by the company’s product in Texas state court (Salazar v. Lopez, No. DC-1214349, District Court for Dallas County, 95th Judicial District of Texas).
Boston Scientific is facing thousands of other claims involving their TVM devices. Over 14,000 cases against Boston Scientific have been consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation (In re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2326) before The Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Thousands of women allege that they have experienced complications from these TVM devices, including device erosion, organ perforation, intense pain, inability to have sexual intercourse, infection, and the need to undergo multiple revision surgeries.
The attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton are currently representing a multitude of women who allege to have suffered injuries as a result of TVM devices. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries associated with transvaginal mesh products, please contact the attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP toll-free at 1-800-873-5297 for your confidential and free consultation.
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