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Bard's Calif. Vaginal Mesh Loss Is No Crystal Ball For MDL

Law360, New York (July 25, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT) -- A California jury leveled a $3.6 million judgment against C.R. Bard Inc. on Friday in the first suit in the country over vaginal mesh implant injuries to go to trial, but experts say the verdict may not foretell the outcome of multidistrict litigation in West Virginia, given the Golden State's plaintiff-friendly reputation.

The jury found Bard had acted negligently toward plaintiff Christine Scott and that its negligence was a substantial factor in the pain, nerve damage and incontinence she said were connected to her Avaulta Plus implant. The total verdict was for $5.5 million, but the jury assigned 40 percent of...

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