A judge reduce damages from $100 mill. to $10 mill.for a woman who suffered severe vaginal damage from the medical device in a case against Boston Scientific.
In May, a jury found that Deborah Barba was entitled to $25 million in compensatory damages for complications with Boston Scientific vaginal mesh, and an additional $75 million in punitive damages should be paid to punish the medical device manufacturer. The judge decreased the damages that the manufacturer must pay from $100 million to $10 million.
In November, another jury in Miami awarded $26.7 million to four women who suffered damages from the same product. Later that same month, a federal juryordered to the company to pay $18.7 million to another four women over claims that Boston Scientific Obtryx vaginal mesh was also defectively designed.
More than 70,000 women have filed a pelvic mesh against Boston Scientific and other manufacturers of similar devices used for repair of pelvic organ prolapse or female stress urinary incontinence, including Ethicon, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), Coloplast and Cook Medical.
All of the complaints raise similar allegations that design defects with the pelvic mesh allowed it to erode through the vagina, causing infections or other complications that resulted in the need for surgical removal of the device.
Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.