Plaintiffsâ€™ lawyers said in a court filing late Thursday there was â€œno evidence of fraudâ€ tainting nearly 23,000 federal mesh injury lawsuits, which have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia.
The filing came in response to a motion last week from Johnson & Johnson asking Goodwin to allow an investigation into whether women are being illegally solicited to join mesh litigation by unknown callers, some of whom seemed to have knowledge of private medical data.
The company said it was concerned the calls may have resulted in bogus claims.
has asked Goodwin
to make plaintiffs offer proof they had been injured by an Ethicon device, and have their lawyers answer questions under oath about any knowledge of solicitation calls.
While strongly denouncing the â€œrogue call centerâ€™s shenanigans,â€ lead plaintiffsâ€™ lawyers said J&J
was using the calls to justify imposing unnecessary and burdensome measures that â€œwould grind this litigation to a screeching halt.â€
Lead plaintiffsâ€™ counsel said they had raised a similar issue more than a year ago with Goodwin
, after several clients told them they had received, unsolicited, a letter from a call center bearing the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s logo and promising $25,000 in compensation.
is one of seven companies that collectively face more than 70,000 suits before Goodwin
over transvaginal mesh devices, used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.