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Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq.
Legal Staff Writer

The sixth Ethicon pelvic mesh trial to hit Philadelphia County Court is now underway. The plaintiff in the suit, Ella Ebaugh, claims that the defective mesh, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, has left her with a very painful medical condition in which her urethra is essentially propped open, causing the plaintiff to be unable to control the flow of urine from her body.

Ebaugh first received the TVT-Secur mesh device in May 2007 to treat symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. However, after receiving a second mesh implant in the summer of 2007, Ebaugh’s condition had not improved. Four years after the initial implant, the plaintiff discovered that the product had eroded into her urethra causing significant pelvic pain. Subsequent surgical intervention to remove the mesh has left the plaintiff with significant scarring along with a severely damaged urethra. This trial comes on the heels of a string of plaintiff victories—four out of the last five jury trials resulted in favor of the plaintiff, with a combined total of $50 million in damages.

The case is: Ella Ebaugh et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Case No.: 130700866, in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

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