AUSTRALIAN WOMEN WIN AGAINST J & J.
Australian women won a landmark case against multinational giant Johnson & Johnson in November after faulty pelvic mesh and tape products were implanted in patients with common complications following childbirth.
The case was won on behalf of 1,350 women who had mesh and tape products implanted to treat pelvic prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, both complications of childbirth. The women testified that after the faulty transvaginal mesh began disintegrating, they were left in debilitating chronic vaginal pain Johnson & Johnson is the parent company of Ethicon, a manufacturer of the faulty product.
The federal court heard that the devices were not adequately tested before being sold and that the companies were aware of the complications. Federal Court Justice Anna Katzmann delivered a scathing judgement against the Johnson & Johnson companies.
"The risks were known, not insignificant, and on the respondents' own admission, could cause significant and serious harm if they eventuated," Katzmann found Johnson & Johnson is also facing thousands of lawsuits from people who claim its talc products caused cancer.