Boston Scientific Hit With Record $100 Million Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict
Boston Scientific Corp. has been hit with the largest verdict thus far in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, after a Delaware State Court jury ordered the company to pay $100 million to a woman who suffered complications related to its Pinnacle and Advantage Fit inserts.
According to court documents, it took the jury just 7 hours to find that Boston Scientific’s mesh implants were defectively designed and manufactured, and that the company had committed fraud by failing to warn doctors about their risks. The trial concluded on May 28th after two weeks of testimony, with the jury awarding the plaintiff $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.
“With all the evidence we presented, the jury chose the damages according to the irresponsible behavior it thought Boston Scientific demonstrated. We are pleased that Boston Scientific may finally be receiving the message about the dangers of its transvaginal mesh where it hurts most: its wallet,” one of the plaintiff’s attorneys told the Boston Herald after the verdict was delivered.
The transvaginal mesh lawsuit had been filed on behalf of a now 51-year-old former bank teller who has experienced constant pain since receiving the implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Even after two corrective surgeries to remove mesh that had eroded inside her body, some of the material remains.
Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Reported
Boston Scientific is named a defendant in more than 25,000 claims that have been filed in state and federal courts on behalf of women who allegedly developed life-changing vaginal mesh complications after being implanted with the company’s products. Of six cases that have gone to trial thus far, plaintiffs have prevailed in all but two.
The verdict is not just the largest involving a Boston Scientific mesh case, but it is the largest thus far in a massive litigation that includes more than 75,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits and numerous other device manufacturers. According to Bloomberg News, the verdict also ranks eighth among U.S. jury verdicts in 2015.
Just last month, Boston Scientific announced that it had agreed to pay $119 million to resolve nearly 3,000 of the transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving its devices. At least one analyst told the Boston Herald that this most recent verdict could force the company to consider additional vaginal mesh settlements.
“From a headline perspective, $100 million is a big number,” said Vijay Kumar, an analyst at Evercore ISI in New York. “It might make Boston Scientific rethink its litigation strategy.”
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