Last week marked a huge win for plaintiffs involved in the transvaginal mesh litigation, as a New Jersey jury announced a $3.35 million decision against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon. According to Bloomberg, the punitive damages as a result of the $3.35 million verdict could exceed $16 million.
The plaintiff in this case got the implant without knowing all the associated risks and needed 18 operations after it was implanted. Years later, the United States Food and Drug Administration investigated vaginal mesh complications and organ damage. They discovered that the mesh caused pain and harm to women. In addition, in September of 2011, an FDA advisory panel recommended the reclassification of vaginal meshes as high risk.