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$3.27M Awarded Against J&J in Pelvic Mesh Case

This is a settlement for the Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects lawsuit.

Los Angeles, CA: A $3.27 million settlement has been awarded to Jo Huskey and her husband, Allen, whose bellweather Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh lawsuit was before the court in Charleston, WV. In their lawsuit, the Huskey' allege that Mrs. Huskey has sustained life-long, irreversible complications resulting from the TVT-O pelvic mesh sling device, from which she will never recover. A federal jury returned the verdict for damages caused by a TVT-O pelvic mesh sling device, manufactured by Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Currently, some 33,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are pending against Ethicon. In April, a jury awarded $1.2 million in a trial in Texas state court (Case No. No. 12-14350), finding Ethicon' transvaginal mesh to be defective. This case was filed by a 64-year-old woman who alleged that erosion of the mesh inside her body had caused chronic pelvic pain.

In the case of the Huskeys, court documents indicate that the TVT-O mid-urethral sling device, used to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, had degraded and eroded inside Mrs. Huskey's body, leaving her with pain, scar tissue, and a damaged pelvic floor even after the device was removed. The Huskeys alleged that the device was defectively designed and that Ethicon had failed to properly warn of the dangers of the device.

The jury found in favor of the Huskeys on both their design defect and failure to warn claims, and found Ethicon liable under both strict liability and negligence claims. The $3.27 million verdict included $200,000 awarded to Mr. Huskey for loss of consortium damages.

The case was the first to reach a verdict in the federal multi-district litigation pending before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The MDL case is In re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327.

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Published on Sep-11-14


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