Even though the first case to hit trial from Philadelphia’s pelvic-mesh mass tort program resulted in a $12.5 million verdict for the 65-year-old plaintiff, products liability attorneys do not think the verdict will result in a faster global settlement of the program.

In late December, the first Philadelphia 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. The case, Hammons v. Ethicon, was one of about 180 cases in Philadelphia’s pelvic-mesh mass tort program.

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