Women Asked To Lie To Join Pelvic Mesh MDL, J&J Claims

Law360, New York (January 14, 2015, 4:20 PM EST) -- Johnson & Johnson argued Tuesday that a judge overseeing transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation should require plaintiffs to expeditiously prove they have viable claims, saying that illegal plaintiff solicitation by “unscrupulous” individuals, combined with often hyperbolic attorney advertising, have inflated the number of "questionable" lawsuits.

J&J says that it has proof that numerous women — many of whom have never even had the bladder sling surgery — have been contacted by as-of-yet unidentified callers purporting to be from nonexistent firms like the "U.S. Medical Department," "American Medical Services," and "Medical Healthcare," encouraging women to lie about having the surgery to score $30,000...

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