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$3.35 Million Plaintiff’s Verdict in First New Jersey Transvaginal Mesh Case to go to Trial

In the first case to go to trial from the approximate 1,800 cases pending in New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson and its medical device subsidiary Ethicon, a jury on February 25th entered a $3.35 million verdict in favor of a woman who had defective transvaginal mesh implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse. The plaintiff, Linda Gross, alleged in her lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon’s Gyncare Prolift vaginal mesh was defective and that Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon failed to properly warn of the dangers of the transvaginal mesh product. The Ethicon product in question was eventually recalled and taken off the market in the U.S. in 2012.

After undergoing surgery to implant the transvaginal mesh in 2006, Ms. Gross suffered from a variety of medical complications commonly associated with the defective mesh, including erosion of the mesh into her pelvic anatomy, formation of scar tissue, inflammation and neurologic complications. To date, she had undergone 18 operations to repair the damage done by the recalled Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon product.

Unfortunately, the number of women suffering adverse affects from transvaginal mesh products may only increase in the upcoming years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 275,000 women received transvaginal mesh implants for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in 2010 alone, before the FDA issued its July 2011 warning of serious complications involving transvaginal mesh. Many of these products have since been recalled by manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and Coloplast.

SUGARMAN has formed a team of product liability attorneys, led by principals Marianne LeBlanc and David McCormack, to represent clients who have been implanted with defective and recalled transvaginal mesh products. If you believe you may be suffering from adverse medical complications as a result of a recalled transvaginal mesh product, please e-mail Marianne C. LeBlanc at, David McCormack at or call 617-542-1000.