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W.Va. judge dismisses medical device case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a week of testimony in the most recent case against pelvic mesh manufacturers, a federal judge ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to support that the devices were defective.

Trial began last week in a case brought by women who said a particular kind of mesh used to treat stress urinary incontinence led to pain and permanent injury because of its defective design.

In their opening statements, attorneys for the companies argued plaintiffs never complained about problems until after they filed lawsuits and said the product was not defective.

In Tuesday’s decision, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin granted judgment in favor of pelvic mesh manufacturers and dismissed the case.

Carolyn Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Augistina Brown-Singletary, Andre Singletary-Smith, Karin Harrison, Robert Harrison, Patricia Headrick, Darrell Headrick, Katie Uszler, Nick Uszler, Kelly Young and Kenneth Young originally filed the lawsuit in July 2012 in the Northern District of Texas.

According to previous reports, Lewis received surgery in 2009, where doctors implanted the TVT, or transvaginal tape. The suit alleges because of the defective design of the product, Lewis experienced pain when she emptied her bladder and during sex.

Tuesday, the last day of the civil jury trial, mesh manufacturers’ attorneys made a motion for judgment, which Goodwin granted…

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