Attorneys for patients who suffered alleged irreversible injuries and side effects from pelvic mesh implants have alleged in a West Virginia court filing that a subsidiary of one manufacturer, Johnson and Johnson, has destroyed tens of thousands of documents it had been directed to preserve. The records were on the hard drive of Renee Selman, the former president of J & J’s Ethicon womens health and urology unit. Ethicon manufactured the Gynecare Prolift implant. Ethicon “admitted that it destroyed all documents” that Selman had on her computer’s hard drive, according to the Dec. 2 filing. More than 30,000 mesh lawsuits have been consolidated for purposes of pretrial discovery in federal court in West Virginia. The first federal trial over Johnson & Johnson’s Prolift line of vaginal-mesh inserts that is set for February 10 in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia. In New Jersey, a state court jury earlier this year ordered Ethicon to pay a woman who said mesh implants caused her chronic pain more than $11 million in actual and punitive damages.
Read more about the missing documents at Bloomberg News
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