Johnson & Johnson wants women in a multidistrict litigation alleging defects with the company’s transvaginal mesh device to prove they were injured by the mesh or that they even have the device in the first place.
Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson claim that people from fictitious firms are calling women often repeatedly to join the lawsuit against the company in order to reap tens of thousands of dollars in compensation. In some cases, Johnson & Johnson claims, women are being told to lie and say they have been injured by the mesh even if they have never been implanted with it.
Transvaginal mesh is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Serious complications have been associated with the mesh, including erosion, infections, incontinence, hemorrhaging and chronic pain. Several lawsuits have been filed against makers of transvaginal mesh, and many victims have won huge settlements.
Plaintiffs say that Johnson & Johnson is attempting to skirt its responsibility to compensate women who have been injured by the device, many of whom had to endure multiple surgeries and some who have been left with lifelong complications.
An attorney for the plaintiffs called the motion “a baseless attempt by (Johnson & Johnson unit) Ethicon to avoid responsibility for its defective mesh products.”
Attorneys agreed that it is wrong for anyone to encourage women to lie to be part of the multidistrict litigation; however, they say, “while this activity is not to be condoned, this pales in comparison to the tens of thousands of women who have suffered substantial injuries as a result of (Johnson & Johnson’s) misconduct in selling these defective products.”
Source: Law 360