"They knew every single catastrophe before it happened," the attorney, Adam Slater, said in his opening statement.
failed to do any clinical testing to learn the risks of Prolift's polypropylene mesh inside a woman's pelvic area.
said the mesh hardens and contracts as tissue grows around it, causing scarring and chronic inflammation.
Trying to remove the mesh is akin to removing reinforcing rebar rods from a concrete sidewalk, he
"They never ever studied how can you get this stuff out, what's the best way to do it," Slater
said internal e-mails will show that company researchers knew for years the risks of the mesh, and Ethicon failed to take adequate steps to develop safer materials.
Slater told jurors today that Gross's doctor wouldn't have implanted Prolift had he known it didn't have FDA clearance.
"If he had been warned and given that information, he wouldn't have used it with Linda," Slater