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Kern County Jury Awards $5.7 Million Vaginal Mesh Verdict

A jury in Bakersfield, CA returned a $5.7 million verdict last week in favor of a Tehachapi women who sued Johnson & Johnson, and subsidiary Ethicon, Inc., after the TVT Abbrevo mesh device she had surgically implanted in her body began to erode. Reuters reported the jury reached the verdict for plaintiff Coleen Perry after more than three days of deliberations. The verdict is the fourth win for plaintiffs suing Ethicon. More than 36,000 mesh lawsuits are pending. According to trial testimony in the recent Kern County case, the plaintiff had the “minimally invasive” device implanted in 2011, and almost immediately began experiencing a “pulling-type” pain. Perry expects to have the pain for the rest of her life.  A spokesperson for Ethicon said the company plans to appeal the verdict, and added that the company stands behind the safety and effectiveness of the Abbrevo, as well as its development and marketing.

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