J&J Unit Wants $1.2M Pelvic Mesh Judgment Wiped Out

By Jess Krochtengel (September 16, 2015, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Inc. unit on Wednesday told a Texas appellate court it should throw out a $1.2 million jury verdict awarded to a woman injured by its TVT-O pelvic mesh because there wasn't evidence it was defectively designed, in the first such appeal to be argued.

In oral argument before the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas, J&J said plaintiff Linda Batiste failed to prove in trial court the TVT mesh was defectively designed, arguing she did not show there were safer alternatives available to treat stress incontinence. J&J also argued Batiste presented only speculative evidence that injuries could...

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