If you missed the record-breaking talc verdict against Johnson & Johnson on August 21, a California jury awarded $417 million. Eva Echeverria, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, won $70 million in compensatory and $347 in punitive damages. While mass tort cases like Echeverria’s help victims get justice for their injuries, they also serve a higher purpose. Mass tort rulings help inform consumers about potential health risks from the drugs, medical devices and products they use.
Mass Tort Cases Involving Talcum Powder Settled for Nearly $1 Billion
Scientific studies first linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer in the 1970s. Since then, thousands of women alleging talc-based powders played a role in their cancer diagnosis have sued Johnson & Johnson. During the last 15 months, talc-related mass tort cases have dominated news headlines. In May, a Missouri jury ordered J&J to pay cancer victim Lois Slemp a $110.4 million talcum powder settlement. When you combine these payouts with previous mass tort cases, J&J paid $724.5 million in talc settlements since February 2016. While Echeverria’s award is the largest to date, with nearly 5,000 talcum cases pending, she likely won’t be the last. Let’s look at other recent mass tort cases bringing in multimillion-dollar settlements — and clientele for attorneys nationwide.
Pelvic Mesh Mass Tort Cases Settled for Over $2 Billion — With Thousands Still Pending
On September 7, a Philadelphia jury ordered J&J’s subsidiary company, Ethicon, to pay Ella Ebaugh a staggering $57.1 million settlement. Ebaugh, a 51-year-old Pennsylvania resident, says that the TVT-Secur and TVT pelvic mesh implants eroded, bonding permanently with her urethra. Right now, 54,800 transvaginal mesh product liability cases filed against Ethicon and J&J are still pending in courts nationwide. And Ebaugh certainly isn’t the first to win a multimillion-dollar judgment due to injuries from faulty transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants. Here’s a brief list that includes only the biggest individual pelvic mesh verdicts:
- August 7, 2017 – Endo International agrees to put aside $775 million to settle 22,000 injury claims for defective vaginal-mesh inserts.
- April 28, 2017 – A Philadelphia jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay plaintiff Peggy Engleman, whose TVT-Secur mesh implant failed within one month of implantation, $20 million in damages.
- May 28, 2015 – Delaware jurors award Deborah Barba $25 million in compensatory and $75 million in punitive damages. Among all mass tort cases settled to date, Barba’s payout from Boston Scientific is the largest for a single plaintiff.
As pelvic mesh litigation continues, we expect to see even more payouts going forward. Our TVM infographic shows older settlements and awards by device manufacturer, date and amount.
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