February 17, 2016 — Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit has been ordered to pay $13.5 million to a woman who was injured by vaginal mesh.
It is the second case to go to trial in Philadelphia. The jury awarded plaintiff Sharon Carlino $3.5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages after finding that her implant was defective. Her husband was also awarded $250,000 for loss of consortium, according to The Legal Intelligencer.
Carlino was implanted with the polypropylene Transvaginal Tape (TVT) in 2005 to treat stress urinary incontinence. Two years later, she experienced sharp pain and doctors discovered that it had become exposed. She required multiple surgeries to remove parts of the implant as it eroded into her vagina.
In December 2015, another jury in Philadelphia awarded $12.5 million to Patricia Hammons, a woman who was injured by the Ethicon Prolift pelvic mesh product. The design was based on a similar device that was pulled off the market a decade ago for safety reasons, according to Bloomberg.
Shortly after the verdict, Johnson & Johnson offered a $120 million settlement for 3,000-4,000 cases. However, terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The company faces another 180 cases as part of a “mass-tort” program in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. After two massive jury verdicts, they may be considering a larger settlement to focus on the federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2327) in West Virginia, where nearly 30,000 cases are pending.
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