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$35 Million Verdict Slashed in Ind. Ethicon Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Case

HAMMOND, Ind. - An Indiana federal judge has slashed a $35 million verdict to $20 million in a case in which an Indiana woman alleged her Prolift transvaginal mesh device was defectively designed and that Ethicon Inc. failed to provide her surgeon with adequate warnings as to its risks.

On Aug. 8, Judge Philip P. Simon U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana reduced the punitive damages award from $25 million to $10 million, ruling that it was unreasonable given Ethicon’s relatively low Prolift-related profit in Indiana.

However, Judge Simon denied Ethicon's motions for judgment as a matter ...

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