Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn MLA is heralding today’s Australian court ruling as a significant victory for women affected by mesh.
Speaking after today’s ruling the West Belfast MLA said:
“I welcome Judge Katzmann’s ruling which found mesh companies had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct, as well as guilty of negligence by rushing products on to the market despite knowing the risks.
“This ruling also found testing of the products was ‘deficient’ and found a failure to investigate complaints from doctors and patients. She also rejected the claim that complications are rare.
“I commend those who brought the joint legal action, involving more than 1,250 women.
“Thousands more cases have been filed in North America, Europe and Middle East. Johnson & Johnson currently facing almost 20,000 lawsuits having paid out more than $240m in damage awards and it is believed to have paid out around $240m to settle cases out of court.
“Women in countries all over the world are coming together to challenge the arrogance and greed of global corporations who thought they were too powerful to be held to account.”