Lawyers in transvaginal mesh lawsuits have accused Johnson & Johnson of destroying documents pertaining to its mesh implants. They allege J & J’s Ethicon unit disposed of hundreds of thousands of documents that may be pertinent in the bellwether trials against them over a 10-year period.
The transvaginal mesh trials alleging that the company released a defective and dangerous device will be the first to go to federal court. A state court in New Jersey previously awarded a victim $11 million for the injuries caused to her.
Transvaginal mesh implants were originally designed to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, tens of thousands of women have complained of severe transvaginal mesh side effects, including pain, internal bleeding, organ damage and the need for revision surgery.