Salazar $73 Million Transvaginal Mesh Award Slashed in Half Due to Tort Reform

Patient Profiles

Salazar $73 Million Transvaginal Mesh Award Slashed in Half Due to Tort Reform

At the time, it was the highest award ever given a woman injured by pelvic mesh. Now that it has been reduced in half, to $34.6 million, it remains the highest award ever in transvaginal mesh litigation. The Dallas trial of Martha Salazar resulted in an unprecedented $73.4 million jury award to Mrs. Salazar. The
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Patient Profiles

J&J Wants New Trial After $3.27 Huskey Verdict J&J Wants New Trial After $3.27 Huskey Verdict

On October 14, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) filed a Motion in federal court asking that the Jo Huskey verdict be overturned and that  the company receive a new trial. See Huskey Doc #438 J&J asks for a new trial October 2014,  2:12-cv-05201. In September, Mrs. Huskey won a $3.27 million judgment against the medical device maker,
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C.R. Bard May Settle 500 Cases for $21 Million C.R. Bard May Settle 500 Cases for $21 Million

October 8, 2014 – Readers of Mesh News Desk have been wondering why there has been no news on the C.R. Bard front while other mesh manufacturers are quietly settling pelvic mesh-injury cases. Bloomberg reports an agreement has been reached between lawyers and C.R. Bard to resolve more than 500 product liability lawsuits with a
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$1.6 Billion Master Settlement Reached to Resolve AMS Pelvic Mesh Claims $1.6 Billion Master Settlement Reached to Resolve AMS Pelvic Mesh Claims

Breaking  News* This afternoon Endo International announced a master settlement has been reached that will resolve the lawsuits facing the vaginal mesh maker and its subsidiary AMS (American Medical Systems). The press release says the settlement in no way admits any liability or fault. In its most recent SEC report from July, AMS tells shareholders
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100-Thousand Mesh Defective Product Cases Now Filed as Mesh Makers Assure Shareholders 100-Thousand Mesh Defective Product Cases Now Filed as Mesh Makers Assure Shareholders

Mesh News Desk has done the math and the numbers of pelvic mesh lawsuits just keeps rising. Including the numbers from the mesh makers latest Securities and Exchange Filings with the federal government, the number of defective mesh cases now hovers at the 100-thousand lawsuit mark. Even with 67,322 cases filed in federal court in
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Court Watchers Wanted for Next Boston Scientific Trial Court Watchers Wanted for Next Boston Scientific Trial

Are you able to travel to Dallas October 6 to observe the Figueroa trial against Boston Scientific in Dallas?  Judge Molberg will preside, the same judge who recently oversaw the $73.5 million verdict in favor of plaintiff Martha Salazar.  Mesh News Desk is looking for Court Watchers to continue to inform others about what is
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Welcome- Why We're Here

October ~ Welcome to Mesh News Desk October ~ Welcome to Mesh News Desk

Hello and Welcome October Readers to Mesh News Desk. How are you? If you are new to the Pelvic Mesh issue you are in the right place. We cover the medical, legal and regulatory issues concerning pelvic mesh. Fashioned from hernia mesh it has long been known to be associated with complications. Hernia mesh patients
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Feature

ARICEPT 23:  How an Unusual Dose Generated More Revenue for Big Pharma ARICEPT 23: How an Unusual Dose Generated More Revenue for Big Pharma

By Dan C. Bolton Keller, Fishback & Jackson LLP With the clock about to run out on patent protection for their blockbuster drug Aricept, prescribed to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), two pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer, Inc. and Eisai Inc., came up with a brazen idea to dodge patent expiration and continue to reap profits.
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FDA

Mesh Survivors UK- Contact Your GP, MP – Challenge the Information! Mesh Survivors UK- Contact Your GP, MP – Challenge the Information!

A mesh survivor from the UK suggests survivors contact their GP and MP with their mesh survivor stories.  (GP is general practitioner and MP is Member of Parliament. The reason – no one ever gets a letter to confirm it has been reported. Finally, this writer got a report to confirm. It said:  this event
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Legal News

Isreali Lawyers Preparing Class Action Defective Product Suits Over Prolift Mesh Isreali Lawyers Preparing Class Action Defective Product Suits Over Prolift Mesh

More news is coming into Mesh News Desk from around the world concerning mesh litigation. Johnson & Johnson is being sued in Israel over complications linked to its Prolift Vaginal Mesh kit used to treat pelvic organ prolapse.  You may recall that the Prolift was sold by Ethicon (Johnson & Jonson) before it ever received FDA approval.  See background story
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Medical News

Report Finds Doctors Still Using Power Morcellator Despite the Risks Report Finds Doctors Still Using Power Morcellator Despite the Risks

Months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned a medical device could spread deadly uterine cancer, many doctors and hospitals are still using it. The power morcellator made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was removed from the market after the FDA warned it could spread undetected uterine cancers. A report in the Wall
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Op-Ed

Women’s Words Speak Truth About Mesh Women’s Words Speak Truth About Mesh

Remember the Stories of Anger series from a couple of years ago? Read it here. Women were speaking out and expressing their frustration with the medical system, their anger at the Food and Drug Administration and of course, their disgust with pelvic mesh manufacturers. The following are some of their quotes. I am now looking
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Media Reports

Scotland: Industry Sponsored Docs on Mesh Safety Review Team Scotland: Industry Sponsored Docs on Mesh Safety Review Team

Another story by Scottish reporter Marion Scott finds that a government probe into mesh implants is allegedly under the heavy influence of industry in this case Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division.  Two of the doctors placed on a government review team have been named –  Ash Monga and Karen Guerrero. Dr. Monga calls himself a
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Your Turn

Young Mesh-Injured Woman from the Northeast Looking for Help Young Mesh-Injured Woman from the Northeast Looking for Help

Like so many, this woman has been told not to speak up.  We respect that. It is possible her case will go to trial and she will be deposed.  So she will remain anonymous. If you have any helpful doctors in the Northeast, please let her know. She is suffering…Your comments are welcome!  I, like
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Mesh Reading Room Resource

In the Beginning: Suffering in Silence

I recently was asked how I started with mesh as a topic for reporting. I’m not mesh-injured myself. The reader wanted to know if I had a family member or friend who had mesh. No, I said, but when working as the National News Editor for InjuryBoard people started calling me. This was back in
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We hope you find this a helpful resource. National News Editor, Jane Akre, began MDND with the hope of providing the latest news, information and perspective from the regulatory, industry and patient point of view, something that goes under-reported in much of the coverage of medical devices. The public is just now becoming aware that many devices do not undergo the same scrutiny as prescription drugs and are instead grandfathered in under an FDA loophole that has gone largely unchanged since the 1970s. As a result, patients become the post-market clinical trial subjects, and many suffer devastating and permanent injuries.