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MESH DEVICE VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS
Favorable verdicts and settlements in these cases offer hope to other women who have suffered serious mesh device complications. Here are the ways that juries held the manufacturers accountable and the awards for some of the plaintiffs:
C.R. BARD VERDICT
In July 2012, Christine Scott received $5.5 million from C.R. Bard including $500,000 for her husband. She had filed a mesh lawsuit against the manufacturer, alleging that the Avaulta mesh implant resulted in eight surgeries and nine additional medical procedures. The complaint described how the mesh product, which the FDA approved in 2008, perforated her colon and caused other complications including destroying intimate relations with her husband. On July 1, 2012, the manufacturer stopped selling its Avaulta Plus mesh device.
WILLFUL DISREGARD VERDICT
In February 2013, a New Jersey woman who underwent 18 mesh revision surgeries was given $11.1 million. The jury decided that Johnson & Johnson showed “wanton and willful disregard” of the patient. The company needed to pay $7.76 million in punitive damages besides the $3.35 million for the plaintiff's medical bills, pain and suffering as well as lost wages.
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC VERDICT
In April 2015, Boston Scientific agreed to settle approximately 3,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits for $119 million, resolving only a small percentage of the complaints. A month later, the manufacturer was ordered to pay a Delaware woman $100 million for unrelenting pain and the damaged intimacy because of a defectively designed mesh implant. This judgment found that company executives concealed issues from the plaintiff. The jury also awarded $25 million in compensatory damages and fined the manufacturer $75 million in punitive damages.
WEST VIRGINIA VERDICT
In September 2014, a federal jury in West Virginia awarded 3.27 million to a women suffering injuries from an Ethicon Gynecare implant. The plaintiff claimed that the mesh device caused permanent damage, and Johnson & Johnson did not provide a complete warning about the risks.
ANOTHER C.R. BARD VERDICT
In August 2015, C.R. Bard agreed to pay more than $200 million to settle approximately 3,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. This settlement addresses only one-fifth of the transvaginal mesh complaints against the manufacturer.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON SETTLEMENT
In January 2016, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits for $120 million. Many of the plaintiffs in these cases, which were pending in a West Virginia federal court as part of MDL, were upset about the average settlement of $40,000 to $60,000 per case. The consensus was that this compensation did not compare with the ways that the mesh devices had destroyed their lives. Receipt of the awards was subject to the plaintiffs consenting to the terms and the federal judge's approval.
AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS SETTLEMENT
In May 2014, American Medical Systems settled approximately 20,000 claims for $830 million. This settlement involved numerous conditions and was contingent on court approval.
In February 2016, a Philadelphia Court of Common pleas jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $13.5 million in a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
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