Jury Hits Ethicon with $35 Million Verdict in Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was hit with a $35 million verdict for its Prolift pelvic mesh device this week. The lawsuit, filed in Indiana, accused the company of covering up problems with the pelvic mesh. The jury for the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana agreed, awarding plaintiff Barbara Kaiser $10 million in damages and $25 million in punitive damages.
Did Ethicon Misrepresent Safety of Pelvic Mesh?
Kaiser had the Prolift mesh device implanted in 2009 to treat her pelvic organ prolapse. However, Kaiser began to suffer low pelvic pain, and in 2012 she and her husband sued Ethicon. Kaiser’s lawsuit claims Prolift caused her severe and irreversible injuries and damage.
The lawsuit alleges that Ethicon concealed problems, such as the device’s high failure, injury and complication rates. It also accuses Ethicon of misrepresenting the efficacy and safety of the devices, intentionally misleading the public, including the medical community.
Johnson & Johnson has stated they plan to appeal the verdict, stating that all surgeries to treat prolapse come with risks.
“These pelvic mesh devices have caused problems for thousands of women. It is time for these companies to stop acting as though their products are safe,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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