Shook Wins Mesh Verdict for Boston Scientific

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, in conjunction with Molly Craig of the Hood Law Firm and Delaware counsel Colleen Shields at Eckert Seamans, received a full defense verdict in a pelvic mesh case in Delaware state court. The jury found that Boston Scientific’s Lynx pelvic mesh sling was not unreasonably dangerous and that the company was not negligent in the product’s design. 

The plaintiff, Paula Harris, claimed she experienced significant complications, including urinary incontinence, pain and mesh erosion, after the Lynx mesh device was surgically implanted in 2006. She also asserted that she had two subsequent corrective surgical procedures, and might have to undergo additional procedures in the future. 

The jury declined to award Harris any actual or punitive damages. Shook Partner Jon Strongman represented Boston Scientific at trial in the matter; of the pelvic mesh cases that have been tried to verdict so far, Shook teams have been a part of securing five defense verdicts as well as an appellate victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

The case is Harris v. Boston Sci. Corp., No. N15-06-216 (Super. Ct. Del., September 27, 2017).