First Mesh Settlement with Johnson & Johnson- Ethicon

Posted by Sarah Showard | Feb 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

J&J has agreed to a settlement with a Texas-based law firm in which it will pay $120M to resolve approximately 2,600 cases.  This results in an average value of approximately $46,000.00 per case.  There remain approximately 42,400 cases filed against J&J for injuries resulting from vaginal mesh products.  J&J continues to take the position that the financial risk from the mesh cases is not material, however, it has set aside an undisclosed reserve for those and other product claims according to its October filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Earlier this month the FDA re-classified mesh products as high risk. 

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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