TVM Update: $5.7 Million Jury Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in California Transvaginal Mesh Case
According to Reuters, yet another jury has returned a multi-million dollar award against Johnson & Johnson in a vaginal mesh lawsuit. In the latest of a series of trials, a California state jury sitting in Kern County awarded a $5.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon for complications with Ethicon’s Gynecare TVT Abbrevo device. The jury ordered Ethicon to pay $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, after they found the company acted with gross negligence. The $5 million in punitive damages is designed to punish Ethicon for conducting its business with malice towards women, after the jury determined that the company knew the TVT Abbrevo vaginal mesh caused severe complications but failed to warn doctors and patients.
More than 70,000 similar lawsuits are pending in federal courts against Ethicon and manufacturers of other similar products, including Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Coloplast, and Cook Medical. United States District Judge Joseph Goodwin is overseeing seven different multidistrict litigations (MDLs) against different manufacturers in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The cases all involve similar allegations that the mesh products are defectively designed and can cause severe injuries, including infection, mesh erosion, mesh contraction, puncturing of vital organs, chronic pelvic and neuropathic pain, recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence, pain during sexual intercourse, and additional surgeries to remove and/or replace the device.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious injuries as a result of a transvaginal mesh device, please contact one of our experienced attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP toll-free at 1-800-873-5297. We will confidentially evaluate your case for free and without any obligation. Visit their pharmaceutical and medical device page for more information about transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
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