Bard Hit With $2M Verdict In Vaginal Mesh Bellwether

By Andrew Scurria (August 15, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia federal jury on Thursday found C.R. Bard Inc. liable for injuries a woman allegedly suffered from a defective vaginal mesh implant, returning a $2 million verdict in a bellwether trial of vast multidistrict litigation.

The jury held that Donna Cisson had proven her design defect and failure-to-warn claims related to Bard's Avaulta Plus Posterior BioSynthetic Support System, which Cisson said eroded and caused her grave internal injuries after it was implanted to treat a pelvic organ prolapse. The jury awarded her $1.75 million in punitive damages on top of a $250,000 compensatory award, holding that the device maker...

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