Women file transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuit in Texas against J&J, Ethicon, and the Cook Group

by Heygood Orr and Pearson

A group of nine women has filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit in Texas against Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiary corporations, Ethicon and Cook Group. The lawsuit alleges that these companies failed to warn the women about the risk of severe pain and other injuries they could suffer after being treated with surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

According to the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, and the Cook Group failed to conduct proper safety testing of transvaginal surgical mesh products before placing them on the market for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Even after women who had been treated with these products began reporting serious problems with surgical mesh, the manufacturers of these products failed to properly report problems to consumers or the Food and Drug Administration.

Four of the nine women involved in the lawsuit are from Texas. The other women are from Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, and Indiana.

The manufacturers of transvaginal surgical mesh are facing numerous lawsuits filed by women who have suffered complications from these products, including organ perforation, severe pain, bleeding, problems during intercourse, or infection. Some of these women have been forced to undergo repeated surgeries in order to remove surgical mesh products from their bodies.

In addition to the lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, and Cook Group, cases have also been filed against C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and the Endo Pharmaceuticals division American Medical Systems. In June 2013, AMS agreed to pay $54.4 million to settle a number of transvaginal mesh suits filed by patients who suffered injuries from these products.