New Jersey Court Orders Depositions of Top Johnson & Johnson Executives in Transvaginal Mesh Litigation
Roseland, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 23, 2012
On July 19, 2012 the New Jersey Judge managing more than 1000 pelvic mesh medical device cases filed against Johnson & Johnson and its wholly owned subsidiary Ethicon, Inc., ordered that current J & J Chief Executive Alex Gorsky, former J & J Vice Chairman and current Avon CEO Sheri McCoy, and Ethicon Franchise head Gary Pruden must be produced for depositions, which will be videotaped, in connection with the ongoing pelvic mesh litigation. In Re Pelvic MeshGynecare Litigation, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Atlantic County, ATL-6341-10, Case No. 291 CT. The Judge also ruled that extensive electronic searches be made of the executives’ computers, and that the results be produced to the Plaintiffs ahead of the depositions. Finally, the Judge ordered that if any relevant documents are identified during an electronic search of the computers of former J & J Chief Executive William Weldon, his deposition will be taken as well.
Adam M. Slater, who filed the first New Jersey case claiming these products to be defective in early 2008, and is Co-Liaison Counsel for all of the Plaintiffs, briefed and argued the motion before Judge Higbee, and confirms this significant ruling. “We look forward to questioning the most senior J & J executives in order to find out what was known at the highest levels, and to gain an understanding for why these pelvic mesh products have been marketed to patients and physicians despite the company’s knowledge of serious safety problems from the outset,” says Slater. In May, 2012 J & J and Ethicon advised the FDA that four of the medical devices at the center of the litigation will be permanently pulled from the market, including the Prolift, Prolift +M, Prosima, and TVT Secur, and that the indications for another pelvic mesh product, Gynemesh PS, will be changed to significantly narrow the circumstances under which that medical device will be used.
Mr. Slater confirms that Judge Higbee rejected the defense lawyers’ efforts to block the depositions on the grounds that these executives were at such a high level that they have little or no relevant knowledge. “We were able to show the Judge multiple documents confirming the knowledge and involvement of Mr. Gorsky, Ms. McCoy, and Mr. Pruden in connection with these dangerous products, and we plan to prove the same with Mr. Weldon once we obtain his documents,”says Slater.
About Adam Slater, Esq. and Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC:
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC is a prominent personal injury law firm whose attorneys are aggressively pursuing transvaginal mesh claims on behalf of women throughout the United States who have suffered severe complications as a result of the Gynecare (Ethicon) Prolift Anterior, Posterior, and Total Pelvic Floor Repair Systems, and the TVT products, Prosima, and Gynemesh PS, Bard Avaulta Pelvic Floor Repair Systems, Boston Scientific Uphold and Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kits, American Medical Systems (AMS) Apogee, Perigee and Elevate Prolapse Repair Systems, and Monarc slings, and related mesh products.