The lawsuit set for trial Monday was filed by Texas resident Carolyn Lewis, who was implanted with mesh in 2009.
Jurors will decide if the design of the mesh is defective and whether the company was negligent. They will also decide if punitive damages should be awarded.
Ethicon, which is a Johnson & Johnson company, is one of the largest companies being sued over mesh implantation with more than 10,000 lawsuits filed against it, Bell said.
Ethicon contends the mesh was safe for its intended use and had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"Ethicon, or the Johnson & Johnson Company, has said it isn't going to pay anything and will fight everything," Bell said. "Certainly on our side we're prepared to litigate these cases."
Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Eifert, handling pretrial matters, found that Ethicon destroyed or lost documents "that should have been preserved in anticipation of this litigation."
She recommended that jurors be allowed to hear that the documents were destroyed. Goodwin will ultimately decide.
Officials with the FDA estimate 300,000 women had pelvic organ prolapse surgery in 2010 and mesh was used in a third of the procedures.
In 2008, the FDA said it had received more than 1,000 complaints in three years relating to transvaginal mesh products. In 2011, more than 2,800 reports were received about vaginal mesh complications, according to the FDA.Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.