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Is there a lawsuit for Prolene and PTFE mesh used for ventral hernia repair?

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As of 2015, there are about 7,000 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of Prolene mesh, in U.S. federal courts alone. None of these are class-action suits, but class-action suits are possible, according to the Transvaginal Mesh Center.

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Joseph Jonathan Brophy, a personal injury lawyer from White Plains, New York, mentioned on Avvo that it is highly unlikely that an individual could handle a case concerning this kind of product alone and recommends searching for lawsuits to join. However, on Feb. 25, 2013, Linda Gross received $3.35 million in her individual suit against Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, notes Mesh Medical Device News Desk. The court ruled in her favor because Ethicon did not fully disclose the risks and made fraudulent misrepresentations. However, the court did not find the product to have a defective design. Gross later received punitive damages, bringing the total amount of her settlement to $11.1 million. Additional suits against Johnson & Johnson are in progress. Although the company insists that its products are safe, it has removed four pelvic mesh devices from the market. While Johnson & Johnson has received the hardest hits by lawsuits, another manufacturer of Pelvic Mesh Products, Covidien, has settled more than 11,000 claims.

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