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James Hatton,
Legal Staff Writer

A Philadelphia jury recently awarded a $41 million verdict to plaintiff, Suzanne Emmet, for severe defects in her pelvic mesh implant. Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) subsidiary, manufactured the pelvic mesh product that allegedly caused the plaintiff’s injuries.

Emmet underwent nine surgeries and a dozen chemical cauterizations in order to treat several mesh erosions she experienced after its implantation. The jury awarded $25 million in punitive damages, $15 million in compensatory damages and an additional $1 million in damages to the plaintiff’s husband for loss of consortium.

The case dealt with allegations of the product’s negligent design, and the company’s subsequent failure to warn of the risk that the device could erode through soft tissue in the pelvic area. Emmet’s case brings the total to eight tried against Ethicon over mesh-related injuries since December 2015, with six verdicts totaling more than $145 million going against the company. The pelvic mesh mass tort program has 90 cases pending in Philadelphia County.

The case is: Suzanne Emmet et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County Case No 130701495.


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