Slater's Trial Schedule for Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Cases

//Slater's Trial Schedule for Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Slater's Trial Schedule for Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Adam Slater, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC

Adam Slater, Mazie, Slater

Adam Slater is the attorney who took the Linda Gross case to trial last February where he secured the largest jury award yet granted to a mesh-injured woman $11.1 million.

Of that award $7.76 million was punitive, intended to punish Johnson & Johnson for its action. Background story here.

While that case remains on appeal by Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon), Slater tells Mesh News Desk that he is committed to taking more cases to trial against Ethicon.   He does not favor any delays, if it is at all possible.

Here is his trial schedule for the upcoming year.

Monday, May 12, 2014 ~ Atlantic City, New Jersey~ Prolift

Prolift, sold on eBay

Prolift, sold on eBay

This is a bellwether case, meaning one of a selected few to be presented to a jury in the New Jersey cases. The Prolift is a mesh kit that Ethicon removed from the market in 2012, allegedly due to waning sales.  The company never sought FDA approval before selling the Prolift claiming it was substantially similar to mesh already on the market.

Monday, June 9,2014 ~ Jasper Co. Missouri ~ Prolift M

This was the second generation of Prolift which was also removed from the market in mid 2012. An Ethicon spokesman told Ed Silverman’s Pharmalot that “this is not a product recall. We continue to have confidence in the safety and efficacy of these products. Our decision to discontinue these products is based on their commercial viability in light of changing market dynamics, and is not related to safety or efficacy.”

Monday, July 7, 2014 ~ Atlantic City, New Jersey~ TVT

This is the first bellwether case of the TVT (transvaginal tape mesh). This is a so-called “tension-free support” for incontinence, also made of polypropylene, as is most transvaginal mesh and hernia mesh. The TVT is still on the market here.

TVT Secur from

TVT Secur from

Monday October 27, 2014 ~ Atlantic City, New Jersey ~ TVT Secur

The TVT Secur was among the four meshes Ethicon announced it would remove from the market, phasing it out over the next year.  Placed transvaginally for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, Secur holds up the urethra to secure it in place to prevent involuntary leakage of urine.


Learn More:

Mesh News Desk, February 28, 2013, Day 31: Linda Gross v. Ethicon~ It’s Over!

Mesh News Desk, June 5, 2012, Four J&J Vaginal Meshes to be Removed from Market

Mesh News Desk, March 21, J&J Sold Vaginal Mesh Implant Without FDA Approval

Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC

By | 2014-01-30T10:38:07+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Legal News|2 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Jaramillo January 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply


    is it true that the Johnson and Johnson bell weathers were defaulted? If so can you post where to find information. Someone bogged on an article but I can’t find any evidence.


  2. Moe T February 26, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I am very surprised with the court decision.

    Sad news for tens of thousands of women who have suffered.

    I know the kind pain we are all in, mentally and physically.

    Perhaps the next few cases will shed new light on JNJ Guilt.

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