Nos. 15-1102, 15-1137.

810 F.3d 913 (2016)

In re C.R. BARD, INCORPORATED, MDL. No. 2187, PELVIC REPAIR SYSTEM PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION. Donna Cisson; Dan Cisson, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. C.R. Bard, Incorporated, Defendant-Appellant, Samuel S. Olens, Attorney General of the State of Georgia, Intervenor. Federation Of Defense & Corporate Counsel; Product Liability Advisory Council, Incorporated; Cook Biotech Incorporated; Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America; Cook Incorporated; Cook Medical LLC, Amici Supporting Appellant, Public Justice; National Center for Health, Amici Supporting Appellees. In Re: C.R. Bard, Incorporated, MDL. No. 2187, Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation. Donna Cisson; Dan Cisson, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. C.R. Bard, Incorporated, Defendant-Appellee, Samuel S. Olens, Attorney General of the State of Georgia, Intervenor. Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel; Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America; Product Liability Advisory Council, Incorporated, Amici Supporting Appellee, Public Justice; National Center for Health, Amici Supporting Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided: January 14, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Elliot H. Scherker , Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Miami, Florida, for Appellant/Cross-Appellee. Anthony J. Majestro , Powell & Majestro, PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia, for Appellees/Cross-Appellants. Julie Adams Jacobs , Office Of The Attorney General Of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, for Intervenor. ON BRIEF: Lori G. Cohen , R. Clifton Merrell, II , Sean P. Jessee , Atlanta, Georgia, Daniel I.A. Smulian , Greenberg Traurig, LLP, New York, New York; Brigid F. Cech Samole , Jay A. Yagoda , Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Miami, Florida; Melissa Foster Bird , Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Huntington, West Virginia, for Appellant/Cross-Appellee. Allison Van Laningham , Turning Point Litigation, Greensboro, North Carolina; Henry G. Garrard, III , Josh B. Wages , Blasingame, Burch, Garrard, Ashley PC, Athens, Georgia, for Appellees/Cross-Appellants. Samuel S. Olens , Attorney General, W. Wright Banks, Jr. , Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, for Intervenor. Debra Tedeschi Varner , McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner LC, Clarksburg, West Virginia; Stacy A. Broman , Meagher & Geer PLLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Amicus Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Chilton Davis Varner , Stephen B. Devereaux , Madison H. Kitchens , Atlanta, Georgia, Jeffrey S. Bucholtz , Paul Alessio Mezzina , King & Spalding LLP, Washington, D.C., for Amici Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. and Chamber of Commerce of the United States; Hugh F. Young, Jr. , Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., Reston, Virginia, for Amicus Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc.; Kathryn Comerford Todd , Sheldon Gilbert , National Chamber Litigation Center, Inc., Washington, D.C., for Amicus Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Douglas B. King , Wooden & McLaughlin LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana, for Amici Cook Incorporated, Cook Medical LLC, and Cook Biotech Incorporated. Michael J. Quirk , Esther E. Berezofsky , Joseph Alan Venti , Williams Cuker Berezofsky, LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Amici Public Justice, P.C., and National Center for Health Research.

Affirmed by published opinion. Judge GREGORY wrote the opinion, in which Judge AGEE and Judge DIAZ joined.

On August 15, 2013, a jury awarded Donna Cisson $250,000 in compensatory damages on a design defect and failure to warn claim against C.R. Bard, Inc. ("Bard"), and awarded an additional $1,750,000 in punitive damages. The punitive damages award was split pursuant to a Georgia statute, with seventy-five percent going to the...


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