In handing down the July 28 verdict for Linda Dunfee and her husband Thomas Dunfee, the jury in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas found that design defects in Ethicon’s Prolift mesh left Dunfee suffering significant pain, Law360 reported. The award is the smallest so far in the Philly mesh trials, which have resulted in damages totaling $350 million against Ethicon.
The jury award for Dunfee includes compensatory damages but no punitive damages, according to the website.
Ethicon said it disagrees with the jury’s verdict and plans to appeal.
“While Ethicon empathizes with women who experience medical complications, this verdict is inconsistent with the science and Ethicon’s actions,” the company said, the website reported. “In this case, Prolift worked as intended and effectively addressed the pelvic organ prolapse.”