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Lawyers Accuse Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Of Losing Or Destroying Vaginal-Mesh Files



12/4/2013 8:02:11 AM

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) officials destroyed or misplaced documents related to its vaginal-mesh implants and should be barred from relying on some defenses in planned trials over the devices, patients’ lawyers said. Officials of J&J’s Ethicon unit, which made the company’s Gynecare Prolift implant, lost or disposed of potentially hundreds of thousands of documents over a decade even though they were ordered by executives to preserve them, attorneys for women who blame the devices for their injuries said in a court filing in West Virginia yesterday. “Ethicon’s document destruction has severely prejudiced the plaintiffs for the upcoming bellwether trials,” according to the filing. “Defendants should not benefit from the gaps in plaintiffs’ story that defendant created.”

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