Johnson & Johnson Secures Complete Defense Verdict in Pelvic Mesh Case

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A trial team led by Orrick partner Meghan Kelly secured a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, in litigation involving claims related to the company’s pelvic mesh devices. The verdict came after an eight-day trial in the District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The plaintiff, a 56-year-old woman, sought more than $12 million in damages for medical issues, including severe urinary retention and pelvic pain, that she claimed she developed after her doctor implanted one of Ethicon’s midurethral slings. Plaintiff alleged the product was defectively designed and that Ethicon failed to adequately warn doctors of the potential risks of the sling.

However, a team of lawyers from Orrick, Squire Patton Boggs and Butler Snow presented strong scientific and medical evidence demonstrating that there was no defect in the product and that the plaintiff's alleged injuries were caused by other medical issues. After only two hours of deliberation, the jury concluded that the product was not defective and Ethicon had provided adequate warnings.

In addition to Meghan, the team included Orrick associate Brian Raphel, Andrew Kruppa and Bradley Crocker from Squire Patton Boggs, and Adam Preston and Susanna Moldoveanu from Butler Snow.