J&J Hit With $2.16M Verdict In 4th Philly Mesh Case

By Dan Packel (May 26, 2017, 2:36 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson continued a string of losses in Philadelphia's pelvic mesh mass tort program Friday, but the $2.16 million award in favor of a Pennsylvania woman was the lowest figure yet in the four cases tried to verdict and the first to not include punitive damages.

A 12-member jury ruled that the risks of J&J subsidiary Ethicon Inc.'s Prolift mesh product outweighed its benefits and that the implant was responsible for plaintiff Sharon Beltz's pain during sexual intercourse and chronic vaginal pain.

"It's consistent with the previous verdicts, which there now are four, in which our firm has played a...

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