CHARLESTON – A federal judge has denied a motion requesting a reduction in punitive damages in a lawsuit against C.R. Bard Inc. for its vaginal mesh products.
District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin denied the motion for a new trial and to reduce the $1.75 million in punitive damages. He believes the motions filed by C.R. Bard are unpersuasive of a new trial.
“Crucially, none of the objections raised by Bard constitutes an error ‘so grievous as to have rendered the trial unfair,’” Goodwin’s opinion states.
On the contrary, the evidentiary decisions made during the trial ensured that the jury would hear the most probative evidence from each side without being confused and misled by superfluous and complicated testimony, according to the opinion.
Because of this, Goodwin denied the motion for a new trial and denied Bard’s subsequent requests.
The case was the first jury trial within the seven MDLs assigned to Goodwin by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation concerning the use of transvaginal surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, according to the opinion.
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