Bladder Mesh Lawsuit News: Activists Take on Johnson & Johnson Over Mesh Implants

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As thousands of Bladder Mesh lawsuit sit in Federal court a social media campaign agains Johnson & Johnson has taken flight

A nonprofit activist group has launched an online campaign against Johnson & Johnson over its pelvic mesh implants for women. With a customized web address of “johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org,” the Corporate Action Network (CAN) set up a website to issue a national call to action to help “thousands of women injured by Johnson & Johnson’s pelvic mesh implants.”

CAN initiated its latest movement on March 27, 2014, one day after the organization filed a letter of complaint with the U.S. Justice Department demanding a criminal investigation into Johnson & Johnson, the New Brunswick, NJ-based manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The letter, featured on the website’s homepage, asks U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to determine whether Johnson & Johnson obstructed justice by destroying records that contained information on the development of the vaginal mesh implants.
[johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org]

Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, states on its official website for Gynecare Prolift, that the device is used for patients with pelvic organ prolapse. CAN maintains in its letter to the U.S. Attorney that women who used these implants have experienced severe pain and injuries. Ethicon’s TVT Retropublic System is a sling used to treat stress urinary incontinence in women, according to Ethicon’s website regarding the product.
[pelvichealthsolutions.com/gynecare-prolift-about]; [ethicon.com/healthcare-professionals/products/uterine-pelvic/incontinence-slings/gynecare-tvt-retropubic-system-tension-free-support-incontinence]

CAN urges “whistleblowers” to submit information confidentially on its website about Johnson & Johnson. CAN also posted a countdown clock prominently on the home page of its website, and above it reads, “The Truth Will Be Revealed April 24th, 2014.” Specifics about the meaning of the statement and the importance of the date are not provided on the website.
[johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org]

This campaign apparently was sparked due to the thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in federal court with some already decided with large judgements. In on bladder mesh lawsuit, a jury awarded $11.1 million to a 47-year-old South Dakota woman who had 18 surgeries as a result of using Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift pelvic mesh, according to the group’s website. In other vaginal mesh lawsuit news, Bloomberg reported that a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $3.35 million in compensatory damages and $7.76 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged she suffered chronic pain and health problems due to using the vaginal mesh. (Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey, Case No. Atl-L-6966-10)
[johnsonandjohnsonhurtswomen.org]; [bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-28/j-j-owes-7-76-million-in-punitives-in-vaginal-mesh-case.html]. Feb. 28, 2013

In a similar bladder mesh lawsuit, a Dallas County, Texas, jury awarded $1.2 million in compensatory damages to a woman who experienced severe complications due to using Ethicon’s TVT-O Mesh Sling, which treats stress urinary incontinence, court records show. (District Court in Dallas, Texas, Case No. 12-14350)

Judge Magistrate Wants Jurors to Know About Ethicon Destroying Records

A federal magistrate judge found that Ethicon destroyed or lost thousands of records and computer files dating back to 2007 regarding the development of the Gynecare Prolift and TVT Retropubic meshes, according to a Feb. 5, 2014 NJ.com article. The article further stated that the magistrate judge did not believe the company intentionally mishandled the documents, but held that Ethicon should still face a penalty in the form of telling juors sitting on future vaginal mesh implant trials about the company destroying files. According to court records, there are over 12,000 pending vaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. [nj.com/business/index.ssf/2014/02 jj_unit_destroyed_thousands_of_files_about_vaginal_mesh_implants_judge_says.html], February 5, 2014

A spokesman for Ethicon stated in an Associated Press article that the company “engaged in extensive efforts” to maintain evidence for the federal trials pending over the vaginal mesh devices and the loss of certain documents will not prohibit plaintiffs from proceeding with their lawsuits. The AP article further stated that Johnson & Johnson launched its first pelvic mesh implants in the late 1990s as an alternative to traditional surgery that repaired pelvic organ prolapse and soon after, women who used the implants complained about having constant pain and experiencing extreme pain during intercourse.
[manufacturing.net/news/2014/03/women-say-j-j-trashed-records-in-product-injury-suits], March 27, 2014

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