Jury Awards Punitive Damage of $7.76 Million against Johnson & Johnson in Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit in New Jersey. Bringing Total Damages to $11.11 Million.
The transvaginal mesh lawsuit lawyers at the experienced medical device injury law firm of Wright & Schulte LLC are pleased to report that the New Jersey Superior Court jury hearing the country’s first Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuit trial has awarded the Plaintiff $7.76 million in punitive damages. Total damages awarded in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit stand at $11.1 million, including $3.35 million in compensatory damages awarded in first Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit. According to a report from Bloomberg News, punitive damages are awarded when it is proven that a Defendant acted with wanton and willful disregard towards the Plaintiff. Vaginal Mesh lawsuits are also known as transvaginal mesh lawsuits, or bladder mesh lawsuits.
Wright & Schulte LLC is representing numerous women in vaginal mesh lawsuits in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. The Firm offers free vaginal mesh lawsuit evaluations to victims of vaginal mesh complications. If you or someone you love suffered serious, life-altering vaginal mesh complications following implantation of transvaginal mesh, please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call toll-free 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit MDL
The New Jersey transvaginal mesh lawsuit is one of 1,800 pending against Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon division in a multicounty litigation underway in Atlantic County Superior Court. During her own testimony, the Plaintiff in the mesh lawsuit described her life since receiving Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift device as a “living hell.” Despite undergoing 18 corrective surgeries, the 47-year-old former nurse from South Dakota said she is unable to sit or stand for long periods of time without feeling pain. In urging the jury to award punitive damages, the Plaintiffs’ attorneys said Johnson & Johnson was a “big giant” and jurors must send a “loud message” to punish the company for its conduct, according to Bloomberg.
Transvaginal mesh devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence have been the subject of growing safety concerns since October 2008, when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Heath Notification on Vaginal Mesh advising it had received more than 1,000 complaints over a three year period relating to vaginal mesh products. In July 2011, the FDA issued another alert, noting that it had received a total of 2,864 additional reports of complications with surgical mesh implants. The agency concluded that serious injuries associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse, were “not rare,” and further advised that transvaginal prolapse repair with mesh “does not improve symptomatic results or quality of life over traditional non mesh repair.”
Since then, thousands of women have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices. In addition to the consolidated proceeding underway in New Jersey Superior Court, litigations involving five federal pelvic mesh manufacturers are underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, including:
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 System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2187);
In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327); and
In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387).
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