May 12, 2015 — One week into trial, Boston Scientific has settled a lawsuit from a woman who was injured by the company’s Pinnacle vaginal mesh implant.
Reuters reports that the confidential settlement was reached yesterday.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Roseanne Sanchez in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Attorneys for Ms. Sanchez accused Boston Scientific of failing to warn that the implant had a different shape than had been used in previous models, contained a new type of plastic (polypropylene), and hadn’t been tested before it was allowed on the market.
One attorney told Law360 that Boston Scientific ignored warnings against permanently implanting the plastic in human tissue:
“She had no idea that no human testing had been done. … Here’s the reality: The design of this mesh is to go into the body permanently. There was no exit strategy. It can’t be removed. It’s an irreversible device.”
The case was the sixth vaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial against Boston Scientific. The company has had mixed results with cases involving the Pinnacle — just months after winning a trial in Massachusetts, a jury in Florida ordered Boston Scientific to pay $27 million to four women who were injured by the implant.
The company has been hit with over 24,000 lawsuits involving a variety of vaginal mesh implants.
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