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Fla. Federal Judge Trims Defendants’ Expert Testimony in Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Case

MIAMI — A Florida federal judge has excluded the testimony of two defense experts in an Ethicon pelvic mesh case scheduled for trial, ruling that one of them is not qualified to opine on the safety of polypropylene mesh because he has no experience with implanted permanent medical devices.

In an Oct. 28 order, Judge Ursula Ungaro of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida additionally held that the other expert’s testimony must be stricken because FDA regulatory evidence is excluded under Federal Rule of Evidence 403.

However, the judge permitted the testimony of a third ...

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