Back in the late 1990s headlines such as “Travelers Beware” were rampant over the Internet--outrageous stories about organ selling, such as drugged travelers waking up in ice-cold baths after the kidney thief left the hotel, cooler in hand. Of course there is nothing associated with having a kidney removed and having transvaginal mesh removed. Or is there?
Both surgical procedures are “illicit enterprises” that benefit a third party financially. These third parties are the kidney thieves paid on the black market. They are law firms that allegedly and highly improperly solicited AMS plaintiffs, women suffering from mesh complications, in the 100,000-case mesh litigation. The women who were (allegedly) approached did not have the mesh removed, for one reason or another. But these law firms know that a plaintiff’s case is worth more money if she has undergone mesh removal.
There is a lot of money to be made from women injured by transvaginal mesh. And a lot of people benefit. For instance (and this is rather convoluted, but please bear with us),
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So American Medical Systems (AMS) subpoenaed Law Firm HQ, AkinMears and a few other law firms. AMS claims that Law Firm HQ was at the heart of an “illicit enterprise” that steered mesh plaintiffs into unnecessary surgery in order to inflate damages claims.
According to Reuters, Law Firm HQ and others are fighting the AMS subpoenas, arguing that the pelvic mesh maker is improperly attempting to invade attorney-client privilege and that the defendant’s demands for information are irrelevant to the real issue of AMS’ liability to women implanted with mesh.
As if these women haven’t gone through enough….