Calif. Woman Wins Almost $10M In Ethicon Stapler Suit

By Emily Field (December 11, 2015, 8:49 PM EST) -- A California state jury awarded a woman injured by a defective hemorrhoid stapler during surgery a nearly $10 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson's subsidiaries Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. and J&J Healthcare Systems, her firm announced on Friday.

An Alameda County Superior Court jury sided with Florence Kuhlmann, a retired San Jose police officer, who was injured during a January 2012 surgery when a defective Ethicon PPH 03 hemorrhoid stapler misfired, sealing her anal canal shut, her firm Alexander Law Group LLP said in a statement. The misfire caused her to go through 21 days of emergency hospitalization, massive infections and multiple...

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