Just before 10am on February 10, 2016, a Philadelphia jury unanimously decided in favor of the plaintiff in Carlino v. Ethicon. The TVM lawsuit verdict handed Sharon Carlino $3.5 million in personal damages and doled out another $10 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon for faulty manufacturing.
According to her complaint, Ms. Carlino had Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh device, marketed as Gynecare TVT, implanted on August 18, 2005. Since then, medical evidence supports her claim that the device eroded inside of her, causing organ damage and permanent pain during sex. She underwent surgery to remove the mesh twice: the first removal surgery occurred on or around November 26, 2007; the second occurred on or around December 17, 2010. She filed suit on June 26, 2013.
Ethicon Vows to Appeal TVM Lawsuit Verdict
Ethicon has stated that they will appeal the verdict. Company spokesperson Samantha Lucas said after the verdict was announced, “We have strong grounds for appeal. We believe the evidence showed Ethicon’s TVT midurethral sling was properly designed and labeled, Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of the product, and TVT was not the cause of the plaintiff’s continuing medical problems.”
But Ms. Carlino is not the only woman to claim that Ethicon’s poor design and lack of quality is causing immense pain and injury. To date, more than 74,000 cases are waiting for verdicts in seven MDLs located in the Southern District of West Virginia. Ms. Carlino’s case against Ethicon may influence more than 31,000 other cases filed against Ethicon alone. The other 45,000 cases are divided amongst six other manufacturers: Boston Scientific, Coloplast, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Cook Medical and Neomedic.
More Plaintiffs Awaiting a TVM Lawsuit Verdict
Carlino v. Ethicon is the latest in a long line of TVM lawsuit verdicts and settlements already reached—by this writing, more than 11,700 cases have been resolved in court. The verdict in Carlino v. Ethicon represents one of the higher transvaginal mesh claims. Recent decisions have included a $100 million verdict in Delaware which included $75 million in punitive damages; and a $1.2 million verdict in Texas which was subsequently thrown out.
Thousands of women may still qualify for financial compensation due to a TVM manufacturer’s negligence. Women can receive a free evaluation to see if they may qualify for a free attorney consultation.