Bard, J&J Settle Mesh Cases
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
CR Bard has settled 150 pelvic mesh claims against the company in West Virginia, while Ethicon paid $5 million to resolve one in New Jersey. An industry observer believes this is part of a trend.
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CR Bard has lost the first transvaginal mesh case to be tried in New Jersey, but there are another 150 to go in the state. A Bergen County jury awarded $33m in compensatory damages and $35m in punitive damages to a woman who says she's experienced chronic pain and other complications since receiving two of the company's transvaginal mesh products in 2009.
A jury awarded $2.16 million in the case, making it the first time a jury in a pelvic mesh case has ruled in a plaintiff’s favor without including punitive damages. Meanwhile, Ethicon is also appealing an earlier case to the US Supreme Court, and CR Bard has settled almost 100 pelvic mesh cases pending in West Virginia.
A total of 37,724 women have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson-subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery in ongoing multi-district litigation being heard in the Southern District of West Virginia. The women say they were injured by the company’s pelvic mesh products.