J&J’s Ethicon Hit With $57 Million Verdict in Pelvic Mesh Case
A jury in Philadelphia has awarded a $57.1 million judgment to a woman who claimed she has suffered years of pain from the failure of Johnson & Johnson pelvic mesh implants.
The award is reportedly the largest in the five pelvic-mesh cases decided for the plaintiffs in the last two years in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where more than 100 of the cases have been consolidated. The jury in a sixth case did not find Johnson & Johnson liable for damages.
The products are designed to treat stress urinary incontinence and other conditions.
In the latest case, Ella Elbaugh, of Manchester, Pennsylvania, sued Johnson & Johnson and its mesh-marketing subsidiary, Ethicon, in 2013. She said doctors initially implanted mesh in surgery on her in May 2007. In July 2007, she underwent a second surgery to correct problems with the first mesh and implant a second, and she underwent additional corrective surgeries in 2011 and 2012.