J&J Hit With $7.8M Punitive Award Over Vaginal Mesh Product

By Joshua Alston (February 28, 2013, 2:21 PM EST) -- A New Jersey jury on Thursday leveled a $7.76 million punitive judgment against Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Inc. in favor of a South Dakota woman who blames the company's vaginal mesh product for destroying her quality of life, bringing her total award to $11.1 million. 

Days after awarding $3.35 million in compensatory damages to plaintiff Linda Gross, the jury added the punitive award after deciding that J&J deliberately misled doctors and consumers about the safety of the Gynecare Prolift, a polypropylene mesh product used in pelvic floor surgeries.

In punitive arguments on Tuesday, Gross' attorneys urged jurors to find that J&J...

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