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Texas Attorney General Joins Other States in Investigating Transvaginal Mesh Products

ABC News in Dallas reports that the Texas Attorney General’s Office has started an investigation of Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, for potential deceptive trade violations, including those pertaining to advertising, marketing, promotion, and sale and distribution, of transvaginal mesh products (TVM).

Texas will join Washington, California, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, and Maryland in the investigation of mesh products that has spanned over the last two years. The Texas investigation was spurred by two Texas women, represented by the Corporate Action Network, who sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott requesting the investigation.

Abbott is demanding documents related to safety and research from Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. Additionally, he is requesting details about financial and other incentives paid to physicians and pharmaceutical representatives selling the surgical mesh products.

Aaron Leigh Horton, founder of The Mesh Warrior Foundation, commented on the investigation, “It is an extreme burden on society, and an extreme injury to many women in the baby boomer generation and many men who went in for hernia repair.” She added, “And the cost to the public–the cost to the families, because the injury trickles down from the woman to the family. It has got to be investigated because it can’t happen again.”

While Endo and American Medical Systems reached an $830 million settlement to resolve claims over injuries suffered by women allegedly caused by the TVM devices, manufacturers of the mesh products are still facing litigation. According to the most recent report released by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), there are six Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs) involving TVM manufacturers, excluding American Medical Systems, still pending:

  • MDL 2327 – In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 18,176 cases
  • MDL 2187 – In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 8,555 cases
  • MDL 2326 – In re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 12,004 cases
  • MDL 2387 – In re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation: 1,468 cases
  • MDL 2440 – In re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 195 cases
  • MDL 2511 – In re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 52 cases

If you or a loved one has experienced serious injuries as a result of a transvaginal mesh device, contact one of our experienced attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP toll-free at 1-800-873-5297. We will confidentially evaluate your case for free and without any obligation.

 

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