$3.27 Million Awarded In One of 33,000 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Reports Wright & Schulte LLC

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A Jury In West Virginia Federal Court Awarded A Woman $3.27 Million Dollars In A Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict That Accused Johnson & Johnson of Marketing the Defective Bladder Mesh Device

Vaginal-Mesh-Lawsuit-Verdict-Wright-and-Schulte-LLCAfter only a two-week trial a jury in a West Virginia Federal court has awarded a woman $3.27 Million in the first federal vaginal mesh lawsuit reports Wright & Schulte LLC (Case No. 12-5201). The firm further notes the jury found Ethicon’s bladder mesh sling was defectively designed and the company didn’t warn doctors and patients of the potential risks associated with Johnson & Johnson’s mesh device. According to Rueters, the plaintiff in the first bladder mesh bellwether trail is very please with the verdict and that the jury came to such a quick decision. Ethicon is currently facing 33,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits that are still pending litigation and were awaiting the outcome of these bellwether trails. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327)

Wright & Schulte further notes that this is not the first verdict rendered against Johnson and Johnson in vaginal mesh lawsuits. An $11 million verdict was awarded in a vaginal mesh trial in New Jersey state court last year (Case No. 6341-10) to a woman who received the Gynecare Prolift device. The jury’s award included compensatory and punitive damages.

Another jury awarded $1.2 million in a trial in Texas state court in April (Case No. No. 12-14350). According to court records the Texas jury also found Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh to be defective. This case was filed on behalf of a 64-year-old woman who claimed that erosion of the mesh inside her body had caused chronic pelvic pain.

According to court documents, the Ethicon litigation is just one of many established in this jurisdiction to handle the mesh claims. There are more than 60,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending against seven pelvic mesh manufacturers in the Southern District of West Virginia. The others include:

  • In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325)
  • In Re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326)
  • In Re: C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187)
  • In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387)
  • In Re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2440)
  • In Re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2511)

[jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-August-15-2014.pd, August 15, 2014]

In October of 2008 and July of 2011 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings regarding the potential risk of serious transvaginal mesh complications associated with vaginal mesh products used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. According to the agency, the most frequently reported transvaginal mesh injuries include mesh erosion and shrinkage, infection, chronic pain, and pain during sexual intercourse.

[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm061976.htm; FDA, October 2008]

[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/default.htm; FDA, July 2011]

According to Reuters, Matthew Johnson, a spokesman for Ethicon, said in a statement that the company was disappointed with the verdict and intends to appeal. “Ethicon’s TVT-O midurethral sling was properly designed, and Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of the product,”

The attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC are currently representing women in Vaginal Mesh lawsuit claims who have experienced serious side-effects purportedly from pelvic mesh implants and have undergone revision surgery. If you believe you have experienced serious side-effects from transvaginal mesh or bladder mesh contact the firm at 1800-399-0795 or visit www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the updated news on this and other medical devices.

About Wright & Schulte LLC

Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free transvaginal mesh case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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