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Woman awarded $2 million in mesh trial

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal jury awarded a Georgia woman $2 million in damages Thursday, finding C.R. Bard Inc. failed to warn of the dangers associated with vaginal mesh devices the company sold.

Jurors awarded the woman $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages, according to court documents.

The trial in U.S. District Court began on July 29 before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

The trial is the first of more than 20,000 cases pending nationwide to determine if C.R. Bard failed to warn of the dangers. Those suing the company allege that the devices weren't suitable for human implantation.

Goodwin has been assigned the vaginal mesh cases as part of federal multidistrict litigation.

The judge declared a mistrial early in July after determining jurors wouldn't be able to overlook a doctor's improper testimony.

The trial that began July 29 is a lawsuit brought by Donna Cisson. The 54-year-old woman contends that a device inserted in 2009 caused pelvic and rectal pain, bleeding and bladder spasms and required surgeries to remove it.

In May, the judge dismissed a variety of claims, including a manufacturer's defect, by granting summary judgment to the company. He did, however, allow the plaintiff to have a jury decide the claim that the company failed to warn of known dangers.

 


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