By Matt Fair (September 7, 2017, 2:48 PM EDT) -- A Philadelphia jury on Thursday awarded $57.1 million in damages to a woman who accused a Johnson & Johnson unit of manufacturing a defective pelvic mesh implant that scarred her urethra and left her incontinent.
The award, which included $50 million in punitive damages, easily eclipses verdicts won by plaintiffs in four prior cases tried in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas as part of a mass tort program over allegedly defective pelvic mesh implants sold by Ethicon Inc.
The jury on Thursday unanimously backed claims from plaintiff Ella Ebaugh that a pair of negligently and defectively designed mesh devices...
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