ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A New Jersey state court jury has awarded more than $11 million in combined compensatory and punitive damages to a woman claiming Ethicon’s Prolift vaginal mesh implant caused her to suffer serious, debilitating injury, according to sources from the Rottenstein Law Group, which maintains a website on mesh lawsuits designed to provide mesh recipients with information and help them evaluate if they have a case.
Concluding the first trial of one of approximately 2,000 personal injury cases pending in New Jersey Superior Court involving the Prolift vaginal mesh kit, the jury awarded the claimant, 47-year-old Linda Gross , $3.35 million in compensatory damages early this week. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10, Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey). The jury then reconvened to consider the possibility of punitive damages and announced the $7.76 million punitive damages award this morning.
The jury’s damage awards, which total $11.1 million, are based on its finding that Ethicon failed to provide an adequate warning to Gross’s implanting surgeon, and on the jury’s finding that the Prolift’s instructions for use and marketing materials fraudulently misrepresented the product’s risks.
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