$41 Million Vaginal Mesh Verdict


January 31, 2019 – A jury awarded a $41 million verdict against vaginal mesh manufacturer Ethicon, and its corporate parent, Johnson & Johnson for a vaginal mesh injury to a 57-year-old Pennsylvania woman and her husband. The verdict included $25 million in punitive damages. This means that the jury found that the woman had $16 million in damages.

The lawsuit alleged that the implanted vaginal mesh had a high failure rate and also caused permanent injuries to other women. There have been so many women with vaginal mesh injuries that there are 37,400 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

Also alleged was that Johnson & Johnson did not disclose information about the failure rate either publicly or to the FDA which the plaintiff had a right to know about.

Of course, Johnson & Johnson will appeal the verdict both on the grounds that the jury could not have come to the conclusion that they did and that the amount of the verdict was excessive.

The plaintiff’s attorneys were Tom Kline and Kila Baldwin, of Kline & Specter. The law firm previously won a $57.1 million verdict against Ethicon in September 2017 for a vaginal mesh injury case.

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