New Jersey Jury Awards 3.35 million in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

New Jersey Jury Awards 3.35 million in Transvaginal Mesh trial against Ethicon.
The Atlantic City jury found Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Company liable for selling a defective Prolift vaginal mesh product that injured plaintiff Linda Gross causing multiple painful surgeries. The trial of this lawsuit had been going on for several weeks. Judge Higbee who was the trial judge is now deciding whether the evidence justifies having the jury assess punitive damages to punish Ethicon for putting its own profits above the safety of patients.
Linda Gross’s attorneys had argued that the Ethicon Prolift Mesh was defective because of a bad design that allowed for shrinkage of the mesh and that the design of the mesh was not appropriate to implant into the human body.
There are thousands of transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits pending in the United States. Most of the cases in federal court have been assigned to the multidistrict litigation proceedings in Charleston, West Virginia. These cases involve Boston Scientific, AMS, Bard, and Coloplast in addition to Ethicon. A number of those cases are currently being set for jury trials.