$9.3 Million Jury Verdict in Medical Product Liability Trial

A Florida jury has awarded Paul McGowan $9.3 million in damages after McGowan was injured by a defective surgical stapler, the CDH 29 manufactured by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. The stapler is used in many gastro-intestinal surgeries. The jury found for Mr. McGowan and his contention that the surgical stapler was defective and caused his severe injuries.
During the trial, evidence was presented from third-party sources that Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, knew the product was defective but continued to use it anyway and not inform consumers or surgeons of the product’s dangers.