Kline & Specter wins second mesh case vs. J&J

Shanin Specter and his team made it 2-0 against Johnson & Johnson in a case against vaginal mesh, a defective product that has caused permanent injury to women across the country. The latest verdict came on Wednesday as a jury in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court handed down a $13.5 million award – including $10 million in punitive damages — to a Toms River, NJ woman who had the plastic-like device surgically implanted in 2005 to relieve urinary incontinence. Instead, Sharon Carlino, now 58, suffered severe pain during sexual intercourse after the mesh eroded in her body.

Delay damages added to verdict in vaginal mesh case

Last month’s $12.5 million verdict for a woman against Johnson & Johnson over its surgically implanted vaginal mesh product has grown by nearly $800,000 following a judge’s recent decision to add delay damages to the result.

Jury awards $12.5 million total against J&J in vaginal mesh case


PHILADELPHIA -- A jury today awarded $7 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson for an Indiana woman injured by a surgically implanted vaginal mesh. The plaintiffs claimed the product was defective and that J&J knew and failed to warn doctors about its dangers.

Vaginal mesh trial begins

Opening speeches are due to get underway tomorrow in courtroom 246 in City Hall in the first Philadelphia trial involving a device surgically implanted in women to treat organ prolapse, a device called transvaginal mesh. The case involves the Prolift made by Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson.

Big verdict in vaginal mesh lawsuit

 A jury in Dallas handed down a $73.5 million verdict against a medical device maker in a lawsuit filed by a woman who suffered injuries as a result of a vaginal implant intended to treat incontinence. The verdict was handed down in Dallas against Boston Scientific, one of seven manufacturers facing thousands of lawsuits over vaginal mesh products. The plaintiff in the Texas case was a 42-year-old woman who suffered nerve damage and infections from the implant. Among companies facing lawsuits are C.R. Bard and Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

FDA issues a new plan for vaginal mesh

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed stricter classifications on surgically implanted vaginal mesh devices. The new classification would place pelvic mesh devices in the “high risk” classification, moving it up from the “moderate risk” category. The more restrictive classification would require makers of the devices to submit clinical data to the FDA regarding the newly manufactured devices safety before approval is given. 

Balefsky named to Transvaginal Mesh steering committee

 In further news on the massive transvaginal mesh litigation … Lee Balefsky is now a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee involved in all cases nationwide. Balefsky, head of Kline & Specter’s Mass Tort Department, was also named as liasion counsel in the Philadelphia Mass Tort Pelvic Mesh program. Balefsky has a long history of obtaining large settlements in pharmaceutical cases, including his role in the $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement and the settlement involving the diet drug Fen-Phen.