Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon have settled a pelvic mesh lawsuit on the fifth day of trial, Law 360 reports. A company spokesman said the issue was resolved but did not disclose any details. A district judge daybook entry shows jurors were informed of the case’s conclusion on Friday.
The plaintiff in the case alleged that the transvaginal mesh device caused inflammation , chronic pain and other complications. She also alleges four operations were performed to remove and revise the mesh. According to Law 360, the case is part of one of seven multidistrict litigations (MDLs) over pelvic mesh. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing the litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
The settlement comes soon after Johnson & Johnson lost a $5.7 million verdict in a similar bellwether case over its TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh. The plaintiff in that case was awarded $5 million in punitive damages and $700,000 in compensatory damages after jurors heard that the device caused pain and urinary problems.
The MDLs contain more than 70,000 lawsuits. Plaintiffs from around the country allege that the devices, which are supposed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, are defective and caused serious injuries. According to Law360, Ethicon lost a $3.3 million verdict over its TVT-O transvaginal sling after a federal jury in West Virginia found for the plaintiff on all counts, including strict liability, design defect, failure to warn and negligence.
In December, Boston Scientific Corp. lost its first pelvic mesh trial when a Texas state jury ordered the company to pay $73 million in a case involving its Obtryx-brand transvaginal sling. The jury found that the device was defectively designed and caused serious injuries.