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Ethicon Physiomesh Class Action

Merchant Law Group LLP has launched a national investigation on behalf of all Canadians recipients of an Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh who experienced recurrence and revision surgery following minimally invasive (laparoscopic) ventral hernia repair. The Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh consists of flexible non-absorbable polypropylene plastic filaments that are woven into fabric. The structure is then laminated. The patch is used to strengthen the abdominal wall during minimal invasive repair of ventral hernias. In May 2016, Ethicon announced a global market withdrawal of the product due to the high rates of recurrence and revision. As a result of the defect of the product, individuals required revision of a ventral hernia repair due to:

  • pain;
  • infection;
  • recurrence of the hernia;
  • adhesion and/or scarring;
  • intestinal blockage;
  • migration of a Physiomesh patch and
  • contraction(shrinkage0 of the mesh


Affected Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh models or catalogue numbers are:

  • PHY0715R;
  • PHY1015V;
  • PHY1515Q;
  • PHY1502R;
  • PHY1520V;
  • PHY2025V;
  • PHY2030R;
  • PHY2535V;
  • PHY3035R;
  • PHY3050R;


The investigation alleges that the product sold (the Ethicon Physiomesh) had a defect. This proposed class action litigation seeks financial compensation for Canadian customers due to the alleged safety defect, including but not limited to the list of possible physical ailments that have occurred as a result of the patch being used in the Canadian market.

The class actions will seek financial compensation or benefits for affected Canadians who had a Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh placed in their bodies and as a result suffered some type of physical ailment as a result of the mesh. Please note, joining our contact list for the Ethicon Physiomesh class action creates no financial obligation for you and your information will be kept confidential. (If you have previously joined our contact list for this class action and your address or other contact information has changed, you may update your contact information on our list by completing the form below.)


Merchant Law Group LLP has 10 offices across Canada, with lawyers practicing law in six provinces. Merchant Law Group LLP and Tony Merchant, Q.C. are well known for pursuing class action lawsuits in Canada including litigation regarding Winners/HomeSense, Various Cellular Phone Fees, BCE Dividends, GM Gasket Manifolds, Hip Implants, Lead Paint in Toys (and similar consumer products), Maple Leaf, Celebrex/Bextra, Vioxx, Sony, Residential Schools and various other cases. Tony Merchant, Q.C. is known to be one of Canada’s most active litigators with more than 600 reported cases in leading Caselaw Journals, having argued thousands of cases before the Canadian and American Courts, in Trial and Administrative Courts, and the Courts of Appeal of various American and Canadian jurisdictions, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Tony Merchant, Q.C., has a long history in pursuing public policy cases and is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.)

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