A Johnson & Johnson meeting in April spoke of product launches and growth in all three of its business sectors, while a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuit plaintiffs stood outside the company’s New Jersey headquarters to protest pelvic implants distributed by Ethicon.

A report from NJ.com on April 24th indicates that several women waited outside Johnson & Johnson’s annual meeting with its shareholders that day to raise awareness about the dangers of transvaginal mesh, which they say caused them permanent injuries. Distributed by the company’s Ethicon unit, the transvaginal mesh lawsuit claimants allege mesh erosion, pain during sexual intercourse, infection, organ damage and other side effects. Johnson & Johnson’s pelvic mesh “ruined my sex life, and I was a newlywed,” said one woman quoted in NJ.com, who later added that she has undergone four corrective surgeries to reverse complications caused by the device.

Many of the women protesting outside the Johnson & Johnson meeting held a press conference on transvaginal mesh beforehand. “I want accountability,” said another woman allegedly injured by the company’s implants, who claims to have experienced chronic bladder infections, as well as kidney and heart damage following pelvic mesh surgery.

More than 20,000 Mesh Lawsuits Now Filed over Ethicon Products

Inside the meeting, Johnson & Johnson executives told 1,650 shareholders about the approval of its latest prescription drug, Sylvant, and about measures that are being taken to bring recalled products back to market. The company also announced its plans to raise quarterly dividend to 70 cents from 66 cents per share, for the 52nd consecutive year.

Johnson & Johnson officials failed to note, however, the massive transvaginal mesh lawsuit litigation over products marketed by Ethicon. In a federal multidistrict litigation currently pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, court documents from April 15th indicate that 14,679 claims have now been filed by women who blame both companies for injuries they allegedly sustained as a result of the implants. Plaintiffs in these cases say they were inadequately warned about side effects that may stem from use of the mesh, which was designed defectively by Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon.

At the state court level, a Case List update on May 3rd shows 4,931 mesh lawsuits over Ethicon’s Gynecare mesh filed in a consolidated litigation in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court.

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Published May 6, 2014 by