There are about 150 other product liability lawsuits naming CR Bard waiting to be heard in New Jersey.
As of January of this year, there were more than 15,000 defective product lawsuits against CR Bard filed in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Charleston, West Virginia.
Bard tells Bloomberg it plans to appeal and is disappointed with the outcome.
Mary McGinnis and Thomas Walsh McGinnis v. C.R. Bard Inc., et al., case number BER-L-17543-14.
Punitive Phase in McGinnis
In previous pelvic mesh trials, often punitive damages awarded may be as high as two-thirds the amount of the compensation.
In the case of McGinnis, the jury decided to exceed her compensatory award of $33 million for pain and suffering from the two Bard-made polypropylene mesh implants and the effects she still lives with.
In the case of Mary McGinnis, Thursday, a Bergen County New Jersey jury of eight awarded her $23 million in compensatory damages and another $10 million to her husband for loss of consortium.
The highest amount any jury awarded an injured patient was $100 million to Deborah Barba, in her case against Boston Scientific over a Pinnacle and Advantage mesh implants in May 2015.
Soon afterward, in October 2015, a Delaware judge slashed the Barba verdict to $10 million saying it was “grossly disproportionate to the injuries suffered and shock the court’s conscience and sense of justice.” See MND story here.
So much for the jury system of justice.
Then $73.46 million was awarded to Martha Salazar over her Boston Scientific Obtryx by a Dallas jury in September 2014. That amount was later reduced by the judge due to tort reform caps to $34.6 million.
Of the original award, $50 million had been punitive damages. See MND story here.
Ella Ebaugh was awarded $57 million by a Philadelphia jury last September due to injuries from the TVT and TVT-Secur implants made by Ethicon.
See MND story here. Of that award, $7.1 was for compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
In December, Hrymoc v Ethicon was awarded $15 million with $10 million in punitive damages. See MND story here.
Of course, no mesh injured woman will tell you that any monetary compensation of any amount is worth her health. ###