CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After a week of trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of a company that produced pelvic mesh and dismissed the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Goodwin threw out a woman's lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon-produced pelvic meshes "as a matter of law."
Goodwin is handling about 50,000 cases over the implantation of pelvic mesh as part of federal litigation across the country.
Women claim the mesh produced by multiple companies degrades and shrinks, requiring replacement and causing other medical problems.
The trial that began last Monday marked the first time Johnson & Johnson went to trial in federal court over its TVT Retropubic and Gynecare Prolift pelvic meshes. More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against the company.
The lawsuit was filed by Texas resident Carolyn Lewis, who was implanted with mesh in 2009. Goodwin had to refer to Texas law in the case.
Jurors would have had to decide if the design of the mesh is defective and whether the company was negligent. Goodwin had previously dismissed the plaintiff's failure to warn claim.
Defense attorneys filed a motion Tuesday morning for summary judgment stating plaintiffs had failed during the six days of trial to show proof of a defective product and negligence.
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.