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A Philadelphia jury has awarded a $20 million verdict in favor of a New Jersey woman who suffered complications after a June 2007 pelvic-mesh procedure.

The award — $17.5 million of which was for punitive damages — is the latest against Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which has faced thousands of lawsuits in connection with its vaginal-mesh products.

In February 2015, the company settled more than 100 lawsuits filed by women who claimed the Mentor ObTape Transobturator Sling devices caused them permanent injuries.

The company has maintained that the benefits of the devices outweigh the risks.

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