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$10.3 Million Jury Verdict In Ethicon Medical Stapler Defect Case

On March 25, 2021, following a two-week trial and nearly three years of litigation, a Miami County common pleas jury rendered a landmark verdict of more than $10.3 million against Cincinnati-based Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.  Goldenberg Schneider, working closely with co-counsel, represented the plaintiff, who lost most of her colon after an Ethicon stapler malfunctioned during surgery to remove a non-cancerous polyp.  The Ethicon stapler was designed to simultaneously cut the colon and create staple lines on either side of the incision.  However, during the procedure, the stapler cut but failed to staple. As a result, the plaintiff had to have her sigmoid and transverse colon removed and will likely require an ileostomy bag for the rest of her life.

After hearing the evidence and arguments of counsel, the jury returned a stunning verdict in favor of the plaintiff for more than $10.3 million – over $300,000 more than what she had requested.

For more information on this case, see the Common Pleas Court of Miami County, Ohio General Division Case No.18-443.