Mesh Lawyers Use Mob Law: New Legal Tactics as Gran Sues US Manufacturers

January 26, 2016

Mesh Lawyers Use Mob Law: New Legal Tactics as Gran Sues US Manufacturers

 

06:00, 24 Jan 2016 |  Original Story: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/mesh-lawyers-use-mob-law-7235679#37zMhZ4qPSH5lZ75.99

LEGISLATION targeting the Mafia and biker gangs is being deployed in bid to sue a firm who supplied mesh implants to Scots hospitals.

A US law aimed at smashing the Mafia and biker gangs is being used to sue a firm who supplied mesh implants to Scots hospitals.

The pioneering action has been brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act which was used last year to convict members of a US Devil’s Diciples biker gang for robbery and racketeering and in the 90s, it was used to target the Lucchese mob in New York.

Gran Teresa Stevens, 46, of West Virginia, had an Obtryx mesh implant in 2014 and is suing manufacturers Boston Scientific claiming injuries.

Her action alleges the firm were involved in offences including racketeering and fraud.

It claims they imported counterfeit implants after original suppliers Phillips ended their contract over concerns polypropylene mesh is not suitable for internal human use.

Her lawyers allege that without genuine Phillips Marlex mesh – which had government approval – the Boston Scientific implants were illegal.

Teresa said: “They knowingly sold a product that put women’s health and their lives at risk.”

Boston Scientific say they will vigorously defend the claims, adding: “We don’t believe the case has merit.”

The firm supply three implant types – used to treat pelvic organ prolapse – to Scots hospitals.

Scottish Mesh Survivor spokeswoman Olive McIlroy said: “This case is yet another reason why all mesh implants should be banned.”

The Scottish Government said they will look at the case urgently to see what action may be needed.