James Heller, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation department, discusses the first case to hit trial from Philadelphia’s pelvic-mesh mass tort program in The Legal Intelligencer. In late December, the first jury to hear a case claiming that an allegedly unsafe transvaginal mesh device caused incontinence and pain during sex awarded plaintiff Patricia Hammons $5.5 million in compensatory damages and $7 million in punitive damages. According to James, if Hammons is thought to be a strong case for the defense, the verdict will give the plaintiffs clear leverage at any settlement talks.
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