Johnson & Johnson Executives Ordered to Testify in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
July 26, 2012 by: Linda Grayling . witness stand
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ruled that three top Johnson & Johnson executives must testify in the transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending before the court.
The Hon. Carol Higbee, who is presiding over more than 1,000 mesh cases in a consolidated litigation, said this month that J & J Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky, former J & J Vice Chairman Sheri McCoy, and Ethicon franchise leader Gary Pruden must give depositions that will be videotaped about their roles in the production of the dangerous mesh. Former Johnson & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Bill Weldon also will be deposed if documents are uncovered that link him to knowledge of the defective implants.
“We look forward to questioning the most senior J & J executives in order to find out what was known at the highest levels, and to gain an understanding for why these pelvic mesh products have been marketed to patients and physicians despite the company’s knowledge of serious safety problems from the outset,” said Adam M. Slater, co-counsel for the plaintiffs, in a prepared statement.