Transvaginal Mesh Plaintiffs Ask Justice Department to Investigate Destruction of Evidence Claims Against Johnson & Johnson
USA Today reports that plaintiffs who have alleged injuries from Ethicon® transvaginal mesh products – manufactured by Johnson & Johnson – have urged the Justice Department to investigate claims that the manufacturer has intentionally destroyed documents.
The article describes that the nonprofit organization Corporate Action Network has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the New Jersey based manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, along with CEO Alex Gorsky, have committed the crimes of obstructing justice and destroying records in a federal proceeding. Just last month, a district court judge in West Virginia concluded that Johnson & Johnson destroyed numerous documents involving the development of its transvaginal mesh product; however, the court ruled there was not sufficient evidence that the documents were destroyed intentionally. Plaintiffs allege that the documents destroyed included reports involving patient testing of the transvaginal mesh devices and could potentially show whether such patients suffered serious complications.
Thousands of women allege they have experienced complications from these types of transvaginal mesh devices, including device erosion, organ perforation, intense pain, inability to have sexual intercourse, infection, and the need to undergo multiple revision surgeries. As of now, over 43,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending in federal courts – and the number of cases continues to grow. According to the most recent report released by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), there are seven Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs) involving different transvaginal mesh device manufacturers:
- MDL 2187 – In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 6,167 cases
- MDL 2325 – In re: American Medical Systems, Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 14,256 cases
- MDL 2326 – In re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 8,311 cases
- MDL 2327 – In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 12,997 cases
- MDL 2387 – In re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation: 1,268 cases
- MDL 2440 – In re: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 169 cases
- MDL 2511 – In re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation: 25 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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