A Louisiana woman has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the makers of a pelvic floor repair system, claiming the device has caused her to suffer from urinary incontinence.

Marie Jeanne Exposito filed suit against Johnson & Johnson Inc. and Ethicon Inc. on Jan. 6 in federal court in New Orleans.

The lawsuit claims that the defendants negligently designed and marketed products to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. These products include Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor System, the Gynecare TVT System, the Gynecare TVT Obturator System, the Gynecare TVT Secure System, the Gynecare Prolift Anterior, Posterior, and/or Total Pelvic Floor System, and the Gynecare Prolift + M Pelvic Floor Repair System.

Exposito claims that as a result of the Gynecare Systems, she suffers from urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, disfigurement, interest and court costs.

Exposito is represented by Daniel E. Becnel, Jr. and Matthew B. Moreland of Becnel Law Firm in Reserve. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00038

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