J&J to Pay over $120M for Mesh Cases

Johnson & Johnson offered a large settlement to resolve its first big group of transvaginal mesh lawsuits, Bloomberg reported.

The company agreed to settle as many as 3,000 cases for more than $120 million, according to Bloomberg’s anonymous sources. Women who filed the suits say they suffered complications because of the implants manufactured by J&J’s Ethicon unit and said the products were faulty.

Transvaginal mesh — also called surgical mesh — started hitting the market in the 1990s. Surgeons insert a net-like piece of plastic through the abdomen or vaginal to treat incontinence or to support sagging pelvic organs in women.

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