$1.2 Million Judgment Reached in Texas Court Trial for Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
A $1.2 million transvaginal mesh lawsuit verdict over Johnson & Johnson’s TVT-O mesh sling has been reached in Texas state court, where jurors found the company liable for damages caused by the device, Bloomberg News reports.
According to an article on April 4, 2014, the judgment was reached that day in Dallas state court, and was the first in the U.S. to involve that particular device. Jurors in this case ruled in favor of a 64-year old woman who suffered mesh erosion and other complications and claimed the TVT-O mesh was defectively designed. This transvaginal mesh lawsuit is one of more than 13,000 now filed against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, many of which are now pending in a federal litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, and in a consolidated proceeding in New Jersey. A Case List updated on March 29th indicates that 4,826 lawsuits over Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare implants have been centralized at this location.
17,000+ Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Await Judgment in U.S. Courts
In a statement released after the Texas state court verdict, a spokesperson for Ethicon said the company plans to appeal the case. “The jury’s verdict on design defect is disappointing, and we believe we have strong grounds for appeal,” he said.
In contrast, attorneys for the plaintiff are happy with the trial’s conclusion. A lawyer helping oversee cases in the Southern District of West Virginia told Bloomberg that the Court’s recent ruling is significant, and that she predicts it will be the first of many against Johnson & Johnson.
“This verdict represents the first time an impartial jury had the opportunity to decide whether Ethicon’s sling products are defective and they found exactly that. We believe this is the first of many more verdicts to come over this dangerous product.”
The state court ruling in April follows an $11.1 million damage award in March 2013 over the company’s mesh devices. Reached in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court, the woman in that case received Ethicon’s Prolift device.
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