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J&J Ordered to Pay $57 Million Over Injuries Tied to Pelvic Mesh

Sept. 7, 2017, 9:48 PM

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $57.1 million to a Pennsylvania woman who blames its vaginal-mesh inserts for damaging her organs and causing chronic pain in the largest verdict against the company over the devices.

A jury in state court in Philadelphia found the company and its Ethicon unit liable for $7.1 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive fines for defectively designing the devices that injured 51-year-old Ella Ebaugh. The case is the fourth mesh lawsuit to come to trial this year in Philadelphia.

In April, a jury in the same Pennsylvania court ordered the company ...