The lawsuit was filed by Suzanne Emmett, a woman who suffered through multiple unsuccessful surgeries in an attempt to fix problems with her mesh implant eroding into her vagina.
The vaginal mesh she had implanted in May 2007 caused to her suffer from chronic discomfort, bleeding, pain during sex, infections, and other debilitating complications.
Overall, she underwent 9 surgeries and almost a dozen chemical cauterizations to address 14 mesh erosions, according to her lawyers.
Johnson & Johnson now faces 37,400 lawsuits related to vaginal meshes, which are used to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Emmett accused Johnson & Johnson of intentionally concealing information about the high failure rate of its vaginal mesh products.
The company was also accused of failing to provide adequate warnings that the plastic mesh could repeatedly erode through soft tissue in the vagina and cause permanent scarring and other injuries.
Johnson & Johnson has now been hit with over $145 million in jury verdicts in Philadelphia over vaginal mesh lawsuits.
Another 90 mesh cases remain pending in Philadelphia County, while tens of thousands more lawsuits are centralized in a federal litigation in West Virginia.
The lawsuit is In RE: Suzanne Emmet et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al. — Case No. 130701495 before the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
Source: J&J’s Ethicon Slammed With $41M Verdict In Philly Mesh Case