Bard’s Motion for Pre-Verdict Judgment Denied in Bellwether Hernia Mesh Case

  • Order

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio federal judge has denied C.R. Bard’s motion for pre-verdict judgment in the first bellwether polypropylene hernia mesh case, rejecting its argument that the plaintiff’s proposed non-polypropylene alternatives are not alternative designs.

In a Sept. 2 order, Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio noted the plaintiff’s experts “offered a variety of alternatives, including non-resorbable barrier designs, non-polypropylene designs, and native tissue repairs,” and that the court already rejected Bard’s argument that non-polypropylene devices are not alternative designs.

Plaintiff Steven Johns underwent repair of a ventral hernia in …


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