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Jury finds Ethicon negligent in latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon Inc. was slapped with a $5.5 million verdict over claims that the company’s transvaginal mesh was defective and caused injuries to an Indiana woman. The case was the first among 180 in the mass tort program in Philadelphia to go to trial. Plaintiff Patricia Hammons claimed Ethicon’s Prolift transvaginal mesh implant eroded inside her body, causing shards of mesh to embed into her bladder. The injury left her with dyspareunia, a condition in which sexual intercourse is painful or difficult. She claimed she was left feeling less of a woman and lives in fear of ... Read More

PA jury begins deliberations in transvaginal mesh case

Deliberations have begun in the first lawsuit to be tried in Philadelphia alleging injuries from defectively designed transvaginal mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. Plaintiff Patricia Hammons claims that shards from the transvaginal mesh she had implanted between her bladder and vagina in 2009 to shore up organs that had prolapsed, causing incontinence and discomfort, became imbedded in her bladder. As a result, she says she is unable to have sexual intercourse, which has left her feeling less of a woman and in fear of losing her boyfriend. Attorneys for Ethicon argued that Hammons was unaware that ... Read More

First women-majority MDL committee focuses on power morcellator lawsuits

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil of Kansas has appointed the first plaintiffs steering committee in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in which the majority of the members is female. The lawsuits making up the MDL allege that Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon Inc.’s power morcellator device used to perform hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removals caused the spread of undiagnosed uterine cancer, worsening the odds of survival. Last year, Vratil spoke at a conference at the Duke Law School’s Center for Judicial Studies about the lack of women in leadership on MDLs historically. With an issue that affects women, such as cancer ... Read More

Top 3 dangerous devices made by Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer health care manufacturer with more than 250 subsidiary companies that sell products in more than 175 countries. The company generates tens of billions of dollars in sales each year. Despite its success, Johnson & Johnson is riddled with lawsuits involving safety concerns with many of its products. Here is a list of some of the company’s medical devices and surgical tools that have raised safety concerns in recent years. DePuy Hip Replacement Systems Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics’ metal-on-metal hip implant was intended to be more durable than traditional ... Read More

More lawsuits added to Ethicon transvaginal mesh MDL

More than 60 lawsuits claiming Johnson & Johnson’s unit Ethicon Inc., manufactured and marketed defectively designed transvaginal mesh devices will be added to one of seven similar multidistrict litigations (MDL) in West Virginia federal court despite protests from plaintiffs. Plaintiffs from the Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Kentucky and the Central District of California brought up various arguments including the MDL being too far along for new plaintiffs to enter. “While the relative merits of transferring new tag-along actions to an MDL can change over time, plaintiffs have not demonstrated that transfer would not promote the just and ... Read More

Bladder sling market expected to grow despite safety risks

Transvaginal mesh, also called a bladder sling when used to treat stress urinary incontinence, has been linked to serious complications. Manufacturers have shelled out millions to settle lawsuits waged against them by women who claim they have been injured by the devices. But analysts say that the urinary sling market in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.85 percent through 2019. The report published online at MedGadget.com covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of transvaginal mesh as well as male slings in the United States using in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry ... Read More

Lawsuit claims gynecological surgical tool caused woman’s untimely death

A widower in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon alleging the company’s gynecological surgical tool used to remove his wife’s uterine fibroids caused the spread of her previously undetected cancer, leading to her untimely death. The plaintiff’s lawsuit names Ethicon’s Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator MX0200, a device simply referred to as a power morcellator. It is fitted with a long blade that shreds uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the uterine cavity and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The surgical tools have been used in 50,000 gynecological procedures annually since ... Read More

Judge upholds $3.27 million verdict against transvaginal mesh maker

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., failed to convince a West Virginia federal judge to strike a $3.27 million jury verdict in a bellwether lawsuit alleging the company failed to warn that its transvaginal mesh device could cause serious injuries. Ethicon had argued for a new trial based on insufficient evidence to support the verdict. However, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin refused to budge off the jury’s verdict, adding that not only did the evidence show that the plaintiff’s doctor was not sufficiently warned by the company about complications with the TVT-O polypropylene transvaginal mesh, but that evidence regarding ... Read More

Recent TVM settlements, verdicts may lead to resolution in outstanding MDL

A number of high-profile transvaginal mesh settlements and verdicts in the past few months may prompt larger larger-scale settlements in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia. That MDL involves pelvic mesh devices manufactured by a several medical device companies including C.R. Bard Inc., and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. Last month, American Medical Systems announced it had resolved more than 100 personal injury lawsuits with the $830 million the company had set aside to settle a large number of the lawsuits waged against its transvaginal mesh device. In May, Boston Scientific Corp., was ordered to pay $100 million in ... Read More

Power morcellator lawsuits could produce large awards

Manufacturers of controversial power morcellators used to perform hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal may not face a large number of lawsuits alleging cancer spread caused by the devices, but the awards or settlements could be huge, plaintiffs attorneys say. Victims and their family members harmed by power morcellators tend to have major medical bills and most are in their peak earing years. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a tube-like blade that shreds uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the uterine cavity and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The devices have been favored over open ... Read More