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5th Cir. Reinstates Ethicon Prolene Hernia Mesh Action

NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has reinstated a hernia mesh case, ruling that the plaintiff proffered sufficient evidence that his device was manufactured by Ethicon Inc., rather than a non-party manufacturer.

In a March 9 opinion, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals remanded the case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for further proceedings.

In January 2006, Randy Roberts underwent implantation of what was allegedly an Ethicon Prolene Hernia System (PHS). The PHS later became infected, requiring Roberts to undergo three surgeries in 2015 to remove the device, according to the lawsuit.


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