This week a Texas jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.2 million to a woman implanted with an Ethicon TVT-O mesh sling to treat her stress urinary incontinence. Later, she developed pelvic pain when the device eroded inside her body.
Jurors rendered the verdict in a Texas state court after finding that the sling was defectively designed. Although the award was in the plaintiff’s favor, the jury rejected her claims that Ethicon failed to properly warn her about the sling’s risks, and declined to award punitive damages.
Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon division are the currently defending more than 12,000 lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh (TVM) products, with most of those cases having been consolidated in a federal court in West Virginia. The verdict in the Texas cases follows another trial in New Jersey where the jury awarded $11.1 million to a woman who sued Johnson & Johnson for injuries caused by a TVM device used to treat her pelvic organ prolapse.
Sommers Schwartz attorney Jason Thompson represents approximately 200 women injured by TVM products, including the devices manufactured by Ethicon.