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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) sold a defective vaginal mesh implant after testing it inadequately and failing to warn of all the risks, a lawyer for a South Dakota woman told a jury in the first of 1,800 such lawsuits to go to trial.

Linda Gross, 47, claims that she had 18 operations to repair damage caused by the Gynecare Prolift implanted in her on July 13, 2006, to shore up pelvic muscles. Her lawyer told jurors in Atlantic City, New Jersey, today that her chronic pain and other problems were risks that J&J’s Ethicon unit knew before first selling Prolift in March 2005.

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