A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, is facing numerous lawsuits over their vaginal mesh product. The product is used to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women. Once the mesh is implanted, women are complaining of excruciating pain, bleeding, and other symptoms. Women who want to have the mesh removed must sometimes undergo several surgeries, which aren’t always successful, while other women have to undergo complete removal of their reproductive organs. Some of these women have filed lawsuits against Ethicon, and in one of those cases, attorneys for the defendant are hoping to have a judge removed, as the Legal Intelligencer reports.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Johnson & Johnson’s request to remove a Philadelphia judge from the pelvic mesh trials. However, they have another request to remove the judge from all pelvic mesh tort entirely that is still pending.
J&J’s request to remove Judge Kenneth Powell from hearing the case McFarland v. Ethicon was recently denied by the high court.
Nearly 90 cases regarding pelvic mesh are pending in the Pennsylvania district, and Ethicon filed the motion last week after discovering that Judge Powell’s mother is a litigant in a separate lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving the blood thinner Xarelto.
The McFarland case is only one of 90 that are pending in Philadelphia and more than 33,000 that are taking place across the country.
Attorneys for the plaintiff in the McFarland trial said that Judge Powell reported the lawsuit as soon as he was made aware of it. Powell also assured people that he could judge the trials involving the pelvic mesh fairly.
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