Johnson & Johnson Hit With $120 Million Pelvic Mesh Verdict

A Philadelphia jury punished a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary with a $120 million verdict over claims its pelvic mesh was defectively designed and left a woman with chronic, debilitating pelvic mesh snippain. The verdict, handed down on April 24, awarded plaintiff Susan McFarland $20 million in compensatory damages while hitting Ethicon Inc. to the tune of $100 million in punitive damages.

McFarland’s claims centered on Ethicon’s TVT-O pelvic mesh device she had implanted in 2008 to treat her urinary incontinence. McFarland alleged that the TVT-O eroded through the tissue in her pelvis and eventually had to be partially removed with a second surgery. As a result, she suffers from chronic uterine tract infections and vaginal pain so severe that she has not been able to have sex with her husband for over 10 years. The jury agreed with McFarland’s claims that the TVT-O’s defective design caused the migration of the mesh and was ultimately responsible for her injuries.

RECORD VERDICT

The verdict marked the seventh plaintiff victory and the largest award yet among the pelvic mesh cases tried in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The total awarded to plaintiffs across these seven cases now exceeds $270 million.

The verdict also comes just over a week after the Food and Drug Administration ordered the manufacturers of pelvic mesh products to stop selling and distributing the devices after the manufacturers failed to provide evidence of its long-term safety.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective pelvic mesh implant, call the Minnesota defective medical device attorneys at GoldenbergLaw for a free consultation. We have the experience and skills required to help you obtain the justice you deserve.

More Than 41,000 Injuries Reported From Surgical Staplers

In March 2019, the FDA announced that it received over 41,000 adverse event reports associated with surgical staplers and internal staples. These reports may cause the FDA to assign a stricter product classification for the devices.

What’s the Problem?

The adverse event reports come from January 2011 to March 2018. Over the span of seven years, about 9,000 serious injuries, 32,000 malfunctions, and 366 deaths have been reported. However, there are also “many more” surgical stapler and internal staple malfunction reports that are inaccessible to the public.

The most commonly reported problems are:

  • Rupture of the staple line or malformation of staples
  • Misfiring, difficulty in firing, or failure of the stapler to fire the staple
  • The application of staples to the wrong tissue or using the wrong staple size

These problems can lead to:

  • Bleeding
  • Sepsis
  • Tearing of internal tissues and organs
  • Increased risk of cancer recurrence
  • Death

What’s the FDA Doing About This?

The FDA sent a letter to healthcare practitioners outlining several safety recommendations for the use of surgical staplers. The FDA plans to hold a public meeting to discuss whether to reclassify surgical staplers as Class II medical devices. A Class II medical device is the strictest classification. This would allow the FDA to establish mandatory controls to help mitigate the known risks of the surgical staplers.

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If you or a loved one experienced a severe injury from a surgical stapler or internal staples, please contact GoldenbergLaw. We deliver the Gold standard advocacy you deserve.

Partner Laura Pittner Appointed to PSC in Zimmer M/L Taper Hip MDL

GoldenbergLaw Partner Laura Pittner has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Zimmer M/L Taper hip Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). This occurred on December 14, 2018, by the Hon. Jesse M. Furman, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

About Laura PittnerPartner Laura Pittner

Laura has extensive experience in hip device litigations and has led GoldenbergLaw’s defective hip practice in the Depuy ASR, Depuy Pinnacle, Biomet M2A, Wright Profemur, Conserve and Dynasty Hip Systems, Zimmer Durom Cup, Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip, Stryker Rejuvenate, and Stryker LFIT V40 cases. Her leadership has resulted in millions of dollars of settlements recovered for our clients.

Laura has also helped in the leadership of several other mass torts litigations, including in Benicar, a heart pressure medication alleged to cause gastrointestinal injuries, and Farxiga, a diabetes drug alleged to cause serious diabetic ketoacidosis.

Laura has been with GoldenbergLaw since 2010. She is a knowledgeable leader in mass tort and product liability cases. In addition, her practice includes motor vehicle, chemical exposure, and premises liability cases. She is also the proud mother of twin boys Cecil and Odin.

Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis and Versys Femoral Heads

The Zimmer M/L Taper and Kinectiv hip systems are comprised of the femoral components of an artificial hip device. The devices are designed to be made of up two pieces, the neck and stem, not dissimilar to the Stryker Rejuvenate hip device that was previously the subject of consolidated litigations that resulted in substantial settlements. While the Zimmer M/L devices have not yet been recalled, there have been several reports of early failure associated with corrosion and metal wear at the neck-stem interface requiring revision.

In December 2017, a verdict was secured against Zimmer, the maker of the M/L Taper device in a case tried by another law firm in New Mexico. The plaintiff in that case was awarded over $2,000,000.

Several M/L Taper cases have been filed in various state and federal courts across the country. In October 2018, the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation ordered that Zimmer M/L Taper cases throughout the United States be consolidated in the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Paul Crotty. The first case management conference occurred on December 6, 2018. At that time, the proposed Plaintiffs’ leadership committee was approved.

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GoldenbergLaw is currently investigating Zimmer M/L Taper cases and other defective hip replacement cases. If you or a loved one has been fitted with a defective hip replacement, contact GoldenbergLaw.