Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: Plaintiff's Closing Argument Stresses Proof That J&J Ignored Info About Prolift's Dangers, Rottenstein Law Group Reports

Feb 16, 2013, 00:15 ET from The Rottenstein Law Group

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Feb. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the closing arguments he delivered at the trial of a vaginal mesh lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court today, the attorneys for plaintiff Linda Gross, 47, showed the jury e-mails and re-played videotaped deposition testimony showing Ethicon's repeated decisions to ignore reports of complications related to its Prolift vaginal mesh in a rush to get that mesh to market, the Rottenstein Law Group reports.


Gross' attorney illustrated that executives at medical device manufacturer Ethicon repeatedly ignored the concerns of at least one doctor about the safety of the company's Prolift vaginal mesh kit by showing the jury copies of the executives' e-mails. In those e-mails, Ethicon executives stated that: (1) They respected the doctor's opinion; and (2) Should get back to the doctor in the interest of understanding his concerns. The executives nevertheless failed to follow up with the doctor properly, Gross' attorney said. This is the first of 1,800 vaginal mesh lawsuits against Ethicon pending in New Jersey Superior Court to go to trial.

Among the other evidence that Gross' attorney presented again to the jury during his closing argument was the testimony of Scott Ciarrocca, an Ethicon executive, which stated that Ethicon executives were motivated to get the Prolift to market as soon as possible in order to beat the launch of AMS mesh, a product created by one of Ethicon's competitors.

"We're relieved that one of the Prolift cases has gone to trial," said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, which represents women in vaginal mesh lawsuits. "We look forward to helping other women who've been seriously harmed by vaginal mesh products get compensation for their injuries."

The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a website that describes all of the issues vaginal mesh patients face and explains their options. You may visit the website here. A free informational brochure about the process of preparing a lawsuit is available for download.

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