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January 3rd, 2013

First Bellwether Trial Begins / Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

A bellwether trial against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon began this month, and the opening statements have been made. As expected, the prosecution wasted no time in pointing the finger at Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon representatives for failure to warn the public of the risks, deceit, defective design, and negligence. This is just one of the many transvaginal mesh trials that are set to begin soon. Courts in West Virginia are set to begin hearing cases against Bard transvaginal mesh products in February. The decisions made in this trial will have the potential to affect cases across the country against other transvaginal mesh manufacturers, such as C.R. Bard, Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings, and Boston Scientific.

The Bellwether Case Against Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh

The plaintiff, Linda Gross, claims that an Ethicon Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Implant has left her with chronic and severe pain. After receiving the implant, she is now unable to work or even sit without experiencing pain, even though she has already received 18 corrective surgeries.

The lawsuit also accuses the giant medical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary Ethicon, of marketing these dangerous transvaginal mesh products to doctors and patients without proper FDA approval. They alleged that Johnson & Johnson brought the device to market in March 2005 without going through proper FDA review channels until 2007. Gross’ lawsuit claims that the pharmaceutical company was fully aware of the problems and the risks related to the Prolift mesh implant system but continued to advocate for its use without proper FDA approval.

Johnson & Johnson Defends its Case

Matthew Johnson, a Johnson & Johnson spokesman, told Bloomberg: “The evidence will show that Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of pelvic mesh products to treat debilitating conditions affecting many women.” Yet even while defending their products, Johnson & Johnson has already discontinued four of their mesh products, including the Prolift system in the lawsuit.

National Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or someone you love has experienced complications or injuries after receiving a transvaginal mesh product for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, the transvaginal mesh lawsuit lawyers at Phillips Law Firm can help. Our transvaginal mesh injury lawsuit attorneys understand that transvaginal mesh injuries are often painful and costly for our clients; therefore, if we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee. Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-708-6000 immediately to review all of your legal options.


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