Transvaginal Mesh Plaintiff Wins First Case over Ethicon’s Abbrevo
A California jury awarded $5.7 million in March to the plaintiff in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit that alleged injuries from an implant manufactured by the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, according to Reuters.
The verdict was reached March 5th in Kern County after jurors found the company liable for design-related issues with its TVT Abbrevo implant, and failing to warn about its potential to cause mesh erosion, pain during sexual intercourse and other serious and debilitating complications. The woman won $700,000 in compensatory damages and an additional $5 million in punitive damages that resulted from Ethicon’s misconduct in manufacturing and marketing devices that were defective. The Bakersfield court referred to the company’s behavior as having been filled with “malice.”
Transvaginal Plaintiff Received TVT Abbrevo One Year after FDA Approval
According to Reuters, this was the first transvaginal mesh trial involving the company’s TVT Abbrevo device, and is the fourth win for plaintiffs found to be injured a Johnson & Johnson device. There are currently more than 36,000 mesh lawsuits filed over Ethicon products, which are designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, in state and federal courts throughout the U.S, court documents indicate.
The plaintiff in this particular lawsuit received the TVT Abbrevo in 2011, a year after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The mesh then began to erode in her body after she experienced a “pulling-type” pain after surgery. Her attorney said the Ethicon verdict sends “a clear message” to the manufacturer about its “improper conduct in designing and marketing the Abbrevo.”
In addition to state-filed transvaginal mesh claims in California and in a consolidated litigation in New Jersey, a federal litigation in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia currently has thousands of claims pending after being filed by women allegedly injured by Ethicon products. Other companies that manufacture mesh products, including C.R. Bard Inc., American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific are also involved in separate federal proceedings established there.
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