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Supreme Court Rejects Ethicon’s Bid to Overturn Pelvic Mesh Verdict

Ethicon mesh lawsuit update

October 3, 2017
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson known for manufacturing, among other products, several models of a controversial surgical product called pelvic mesh, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to have overturned a $3.27 million decision against it in a case about that very device. The Supreme Court denied that attempt with a single line of text.

SCOTUS declined to review the ruling that had been handed down by the Fourth Circuit Court, providing the last word in a years-long discussion and allowing plaintiff Jo Huskey, who first filed her claim in 2012, to keep the settlement without any further challenge.

Ethicon had argued that an appellate court had erred in prohibiting certain product review evidence, but SCOTUS denied this argument.

Pelvic mesh – also known as transvaginal mesh, or TVM – is a polypropylene device that is used often in the treatment of post-childbirth stress urinary incontinence. The devices have come under fire in numerous lawsuits for their purported tendency to deteriorate, fray, and otherwise harm internal tissues and organs.

Huskey, who filed her suit in West Virginia, is one of thousands of women suing Johnson & Johnson over their mesh products. Hers was the first bellwether case to go to trial in a massive Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case against Ethicon.

Huskey alleges that the plastic of her TVT-O sling was dangerously defective, because it eroded, causing her severe, ongoing pain. The device could not be entirely removed in revision surgery.

If you have had a pelvic mesh device surgically implanted, and you have chronic and/or severe pain that you think may be related to that device, you may wish to file a lawsuit or join one of the existing lawsuits against pelvic mesh manufacturers. The expert attorneys at are standing by, ready to help you with your case.

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