Vaginal mesh class action begins in Sydney

Australian plaintiff law firm Shine Lawyers is bringing one of the country’s largest product liability Class Actions against Johnson & Johnson for its vaginal mesh implants.


Shine Lawyers assert that the product has left thousands of women suffering painful and life altering complications.


Up to 8000 women are thought to have been impacted by the pelvic floor repair systems, which are surgically implanted to fix pelvic floor damage, that has resulted in stress urinary incontinence and prolapse.


“The complications that Australian women are suffering include the mesh or tape eroding through, and into, surrounding tissue and organs, as well as incontinence, infection and chronic pain,” explains Shine Lawyers Special Counsel Rebecca Jancauskas.


“Australian women have had their lives changed forever by these products. Many now live in excruciating pain, suffering terrible side effects that impact all aspects of their lives. In many cases they are even unable to be intimate with their partners. It has had truly devastating consequences,” said Ms Jancauskas.


“None of these products have been recalled and some remain on the market today. This class action is about righting the wrong against these women, who will suffer pain and complications for the rest of their lives,” said Ms Jancauskas.


To date over 700 women have registered with the Shine Lawyers Mesh Class Action against J&J. The trial is expected to run for at least 6 months. Evidence will be heard from Australian and International medical experts as well as testimonies from Australian woman who have been fitted with the mesh.


Shine’s Barrister Tony Bannon SC will present opening submissions from Tuesday 4th July to Friday 7th July. Johnson & Johnson’s lawyers will present their opening submissions on Monday 10th July.


More than 100,000 American women who were implanted with these J&J devices have already started legal action in the US. Proceedings have also been commenced in the UK and Canada.


4 July 2017.