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Issue #135, February 2019

Pa. Jury Awards $41 Million to Plaintiffs in Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Action

A Pennsylvania state jury awarded $41 million to a couple in a transvaginal mesh case after determining that Ethicon Inc. and its parent Johnson & Johnson negligently manufactured their Prolift, TVT-O and GyneMesh polypropylene mesh devices.


SculpSure Body-Contouring Device Did Not Perform as Marketed, New Lawsuit Says

Various physicians, medical spas and weight loss clinics across the country have sued CynoSure Inc. in Massachusetts federal court, alleging its “body-contouring” SculpSure device did not perform as marketed, causing the plaintiffs to incur substantial damages.


Ind. Federal Judge Transfers Biomet M2a Hip Case to Texas

An Indiana federal judge has ruled that a tag-along action filed in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip multidistrict litigation should be transferred to the Western District of Texas, where the plaintiff’s injury manifested, and his revision surgery occurred.


Texas Federal Judge Oversees Retrial in Multi-Plaintiff DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Case

Retrial of a case targeting DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implant has begun in Texas federal court, following the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ reversal of a $502 million verdict due to “serious evidentiary errors” committed by the trial court.


DePuy, J&J to Pay $120 Million to Resolve Hip Device Deceptive Marketing Claims

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent Johnson & Johnson have agreed to pay $120 million to settle deceptive marketing claims asserted by several states involving the companies’ metal-on-metal hip implants.


Fraudulent Misrepresentation Claim Dismissed in Idaho Federal IVC Filter Case

An Idaho federal judge has dismissed a fraudulent misrepresentation claim in a lawsuit involving Boston Scientific Corp.’s Greenfield IVC filter, ruling that the plaintiff failed to plead her allegations with the particularity required by Rule 9(b).


Fla. Federal Judge Remands NuVasive Spinal System Case

A Florida federal judge has remanded an action involving NuVasive Inc.’s SpheRx spinal system, ruling that the defendant failed to prove that the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.


Tenn. Dexcom Glucose Monitoring System Case Remanded for Lack of Jurisdiction

A Tennessee federal judge has remanded a glucose monitoring system case for lack of federal question jurisdiction, ruling that the question of whether Dexcom Inc. complied with federal law in its manufacture and sale of the device is not a central issue to the case.


Torrent Expands Recall of Losartan-Containing Drugs, Citing NDEA Contamination

India-based drug maker Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its voluntary recall of losartan-containing drugs due to N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) contamination.


7th Cir. Upholds Award of Summary Judgment to C.R. Bard in Hernia Patch Case

A federal district court properly awarded C.R. Bard and Davol Inc. summary judgment in a hernia mesh case because the causation theory presented by the plaintiffs’ expert was not sufficiently reliable, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled.


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