STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Philadelphia Jury Adds $7 Million in Punitive Damages to $5.5 Million Compensatory Verdict At Conclusion of Prolift Mesh Trial

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania jury has awarded a Prolift pelvic mesh plaintiff $7 million in punitive damages in the second phase of a Prolift transvaginal mesh device trial, sources tell HarrisMartin Publishing.

The verdict was rendered on Dec. 22, one day after the jury awarded the plaintiff $5.5 million in compensatory damages following a two-week trial and one day of deliberation. Judge Mark I. Bernstein of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas presided over the trial.

The plaintiff alleged that the product was negligently designed and that Ethicon and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, negligently failed to warn consumers and ...

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