Philadelphia Jury Slams J&J With $120M Pelvic Mesh Verdict


A Philadelphia jury has hit a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary with a $120 million verdict for allegedly failing to warn about the dangers of one of its pelvic mesh products.

The verdict came down Wednesday afternoon in Judge Kenneth Powell’s courtroom after three weeks of trial, and included $20 million in compensatory damages, as well as $100 million in punitive damages.

The verdict marks the seventh time a Philadelphia jury has hit J&J subsidiary Ethicon with a multi-million verdict over one of its pelvic mesh products, and it also marks the first time a Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $100 million in a pelvic mesh case.

The plaintiff in the case, Susan McFarland, a 68-year-old from Altoona, Pa., had Ethicon’s TVT-O pelvic mesh product implanted in 2008 to treat urinary incontinence, but she claimed that the plastic eroded, causing pain and chronic uterine tract infections. She, as well as nearly 90 plaintiffs with claims pending in Philadelphia, contended that Ethicon failed to properly warn about the dangers of the product.

Kline & Specter attorney Tracie Palmer was lead counsel for McFarland, along with Braden Lepisto.

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