PA Woman Wins $41 Million Verdict in Transvaginal Mesh Trial


A Lancaster woman was awarded $41 million, including $25 million in punitive damages, by a Philadelphia jury for injuries she suffered from a vaginal mesh device designed and marketed by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, her attorney announced Thursday.

The verdict was the sixth multi-million dollar award in a vaginal mesh product trial in Philadelphia.

Suzanne Emmett, 57, was implanted in May 2007 with a mesh product made by Ethicon Inc. to relieve organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.

The jury unanimously awarded $15 million in compensatory damages to Suzanne Emmett, $1 million to her husband, Michael, for loss of consortium, and $25 million in punitive damages.

“This jury rightfully compensated one of the thousands of Johnson & Johnson victims terribly injured by its mesh products and sent a strong deterrent message through its punitive damages verdict,” Tom Kline and Kila Baldwin, attorneys for Kline & Specter, PC, who tried the case, said in a statement following the verdict.

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