Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. settled a bellwether case in a multidistrict litigation over injury claims with its transvaginal mesh device on the fifth day of the trial. The details of the settlement have yet to be revealed, but the outcome could lay the groundwork for resolving the thousands of other lawsuits in that MDL.
Plaintiff Dianne M. Bellew had sued Ethicon claiming she suffered inflammation, chronic pain and other injuries after receiving Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh implant. She claims she has had four surgeries to remove the mesh. Transvaginal mesh is also referred to as a vaginal sling, bladder sling or vaginal mesh. The devices are made by several different manufacturers.
The bellwether case is in one of seven MDLs assigned to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, which all told involve more than 70,000 cases. The lawsuits allege injuries from defectively designed transvaginal mesh for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
The settlement comes just after another jury ordered Ethicon to pay $5.7 million in damages in a similar lawsuit in which a woman claimed the company’s transvaginal mesh left her in lifelong pain. In September, a federal jury in West Virginia hit Ethicon with a $3.3 million verdict involving its TVT-O transvaginal mesh.
Source: Law 360