AGs in 50 States – Investigate J&J for Mesh Injuries, Costs, Document DestructionMay 28th, 2014 | By Jane Akre | Category: Patient Profiles
Today Corporate Action Network launched what is planned to be the first of a 50 state campaign to urge the Attorneys General of all 50 states to investigate healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for mesh-injuries and their related costs and the destruction of documents requested in litigation.
There are presently at least 22,000 product liability lawsuits filed against J&J. Earlier this year a judge ruled the company destroyed hundreds if not thousands of pages of documents requested as part of the discovery process.
The first letters were sent to the Attorney General of California Kamala Harris and signed by ten women harmed by transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The other signed letter was sent to AG of New York Eric Schneiderman.
The request asks the company be held accountable for the document destruction including criminal penalties and names J&J CEO Alex Gorsky. The documents destroyed were under a litigation hold and should have been presented to plaintiffs’ attorneys upon request.
The AG offices have the responsibility to seek reimbursement for the costs associated with a drug or medical device that was fraudulently marketed. The editor of Mesh News Desk, Jane Akre, is involved in this campaign as a spokesperson.
Pelvic mesh survivors in other states plan to make similar requests to other state Attorneys General in the weeks and months ahead.