Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay Miami Plaintiffs $26.7 Million in Transvaginal Mesh Trial
Boston Scientific Corp. has been ordered to pay more than $26.7 million to four women whose transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims alleged injuries caused by its pelvic implants.
The Chicago Tribune reported on November 13th that a verdict was reached that day in Miami by a jury who deliberated for a few hours after hearing arguments over an eight-day trial. Pain, bleeding and infection were found to be the cause of Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle device, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Between the four women, the vaginal mesh manufacturer must pay $26.7 million in compensatory damages, resulting in damage awards that range from $6.5 million to $6.7 million per individual. Punitive damages will not be awarded, the Tribune reports. Among other allegations raised during the Miami trial, lawyers for the plaintiff accused Boston Scientific of failing to properly test its products before bringing them to market, who denied the accusations before asserting that women were aware of the risks.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs was reportedly pleased with the verdict. “This company needs to understand that jurors will understand what they did, and will not hesitate to award the damages necessary.”
Obtryx Transvaginal Mesh Trial Continues to Move Forward
Aside from the recently completed Pinnacle trial, Boston Scientific is currently involved in another federal court hearing, this one in West Virginia. Four separate plaintiffs are involved in this trial, which began on November 3, and involves its Obtryx device.
According to the Tribune, Boston Scientific is facing at least 14,000 federal lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh implants. The majority of these have been filed in one of several federal multidistrict litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where cases involving products from C.R. Bard Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and American Medical Systems have also been filed. Between these four proceedings, some 60,000 lawsuits have been centralized.
A number of transvaginal mesh claims have also been settled over the past few months, court records indicate. One company, Endo International Plc said in September that it reserved $1.6 billion to settle “substantially all” the claims that similarly named it and its American Medical Systems as defendant.
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