The Attorney General of California and Washington state filed separate transvaginal mesh lawsuits targeting Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Their lawsuits claim that the pharmaceutical giant knew of the serious risks associated with their vaginal mesh products, but the company hid this knowledge. By doing so, Ethicon and J&J violated consumer safety, according to the lawsuits.
These lawsuits come as thousands of similar cases remain pending in a federal court in West Virginia. Ethicon and J&J are defendants in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The MDL is In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL no. 2327.
As of late June 2016, there are over 32,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in the Ethicon MDL.
J&J reacted to the actions of these two Attorneys General by issuing a statement emphasizing that neither they nor their subsidiary, Ethicon, committed any wrongdoing in developing, manufacturing, and marketing their pelvic slings.
The company plans to defend itself against these claims.
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