Dear D. Mckinney,
You should carefully read the motion before jumping on the fraud bandwagon. The affidavits look as though they have been forged by Ethicon’s attorneys. Look at missing notary stamps, compare the signatures, missing pages, etc. Ethicon is trying to diminish their losses at the upcoming settlement talks next week, and any trick in the storm is fine with them.
In 20 minutes I did an online search and these are nothing but robo calls to scam people to go buy a $150.00 money card to receive their “25,000.00$”. These are not attorney firms. These are idiots overseas scamming people in the U.S. Does no one read anymore? Just believe anything that is written because it is written. The real fraud is Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson for the unending harm to thousands of people worldwide, mesh, metal hip implants, morcellator devices, etc.
Let me tell you about something about those so called “phony lawsuits”. You are dead wrong. Hundreds of thousands of women are injured WORLDWIDE and there are groups all over the world petitioning their governments to get this crap, yes crap, off the market. There is a roar coming from around the world and this devastation of women will stop.
SOCIAL MEDIA WILL DESTROY J&J!
And by the way, these products are under investigation by the DOJ already in at least 42 states because of the criminal actions of J&J, Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, etc.
We don’t need tort reform. We need safe medical devices.
Lana C. Keeton
Med Device Expert LLC
1602 Alton Road, #423
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Citing Latest Bombshell Allegations of Trial-Lawyer Fraud, ATRA Urges Congress, DOJ to Investigate
Mesh Defendant's Motion Offers Evidence of Privacy Violations and Massive Fraud in Recruitment of Clients
CONTACT: Darren McKinney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC, January 14, 2015 -- In light of a stunning defense motion (see attachment) filed today in a West Virginia federal court, alleging massive fraud on the part of plaintiffs’ lawyers in their aggressive recruitment of clients for pelvic mesh litigation, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) renewed its call on Congress, prosecutors and bar associations to investigate and prosecute those who defraud the civil justice system.
“There seems to be something of a double standard when it comes to the willingness of authorities to investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud,” began ATRA president Tiger Joyce. “Mortgage lenders, insurers, energy producers, utilities, a variety of manufacturers and many others are routinely subjected to made-for-media scrutiny by congressional committees, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state attorneys general.
“But rarely do examples of even blatant fraud by plaintiffs’ lawyers, such as wholesale creation of phony chest x-rays for asbestos lawsuits, draw comparable scrutiny,” Joyce continued. “Too often, authorities are willing to look the other way and leave private sector victims of trial-lawyer fraud on their own to seek justice.”
Joyce noted lawsuits, brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by CSX Transportation, Feld Entertainment and Chevron that, just in the past year, successfully punished fraud by plaintiffs’ lawyers in asbestos, animal rights and environmental litigation, respectively. He also pointed to ongoing revelations in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceedings where the presiding judge has already called out plaintiffs’ attorneys for manipulating evidence of asbestos exposure. Garlock has now initiated litigation accusing several asbestos law firms of fraud, and other defendants are expected to do the same.
“With roughly a 100,000 similar claims pending in federal court, today’s defense motion in pelvic mesh litigation raises still more questions about the ethics and practices of some personal injury lawyers and the firms they contract to recruit clients. But investigative authorities continue to avert their eyes,” Joyce observed. “The latest edition of ATRA’s annual Judicial Hellholes report raised a red flag about the alarming multimillion-dollar campaign the plaintiffs’ bar has waged to make mesh litigation the nation’s fastest growing mass tort ̶ even though regulators haven’t declared the surgical implants unsafe, and even as many physicians consider the implants to be the best treatment available for many women.”
In its motion filed today in federal multidistrict litigation presided over by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, offers extensive evidence of seemingly wholesale fraud by plaintiffs’ lawyers in recruiting mesh surgery plaintiffs. For example, transcripts of recruiters’ phone calls to women that have not even had mesh implant surgeries brazenly encourage the women to lie in order to “collect $30,000 to $40,000” of “compensation.” The motion also alleges violations of many women’s privacy by way of violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
“How many millions or billions of dollars must U.S. companies unjustly be forced to squander in defending themselves against fraudulent lawsuits before members of Congress, state and federal prosecutors and state bar associations begin to actively investigate, prosecute and punish such fraud? The 114th Congress’s House and Senate judiciary committees should begin gathering information and conducting hearings into allegations of widespread trial-lawyer fraud, and prosecutors and bar associations should pay close attention to their findings,” Joyce concluded.
The American Tort Reform Association is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to tort and liability reform through public education and the enactment of legislation. ATRA's membership includes non profits, small and large companies, as well as state and national trade, business, and professional associations.