HOUSTON, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A leading member of the Scottish Parliament has called for an investigation of Boston Scientific Corp.’s surgical mesh devices after reviewing what he called “deeply disturbing” evidence collected by Houston-based Mostyn Law.
Steve and Amber Mostyn, the firm’s founders, presented their findings to Member of Parliament Neil Findlay during a meeting last week in Scotland. Mostyn Law has filed a federal racketeering lawsuit in the U.S., accusing Boston Scientific of using counterfeit plastic resin from China in vaginal mesh implants used to treat incontinence and pelvic organ problems in women.
Findlay, who chairs the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, joined Steve Mostyn at a news conference in Edinburgh with a group of women who have suffered complications from the implants. The lawmaker called the allegations against Boston Scientific “deeply, deeply disturbing” and urged Scottish authorities to launch a criminal investigation.
“Our trip to Scotland provided more evidence that Boston Scientific’s reckless behavior has harmed women around the world. Justice in the U.S. legal system has the potential to help women everywhere,” Steve Mostyn said. “The company’s counterfeit mesh should be taken off the market immediately – in every country where women are exposed to its health risks.”
Mostyn Law sued Boston Scientific in January in U.S. District Court in West Virginia under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) on behalf of women who have suffered severe discomfort, bleeding, infections, painful intercourse, urinary problems and other complications from the plastic mesh implants.
The class-action lawsuit cites internal emails detailing the company’s efforts to find a Chinese supplier of plastic resin for its surgical mesh after the U.S. manufacturer declared that the material should be not used in the human body and stopped selling it for that purpose.
The emails and others information uncovered by the law firm alleged that Boston Scientific smuggled from China more than 37,000 pounds of unverified synthetic resin in 2011 and 2012 to make the mesh and failed to get FDA approval of the material.
The Food and Drug Administration announced in April that it is looking into the matter, after Mostyn Law petitioned the agency to recall Boston Scientific’s surgical mesh products.
The Scottish government earlier suspended use of mesh implants pending an independent safety review. Procedures can take place for women who want to go ahead with surgery. More than 400 legal cases concerning the implants have been filed in Scottish courts.
For more information and copies of the federal RICO suit and related filings, see:
The case is styled Stevens v. Boston Scientific Corp., EMAIL Plastic Raw Material Co., Proxy Biomedical Limited and Luxilon Industries NV, 2:16-0265, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).
About Mostyn Law
The Houston-based firm is one of the country’s leading civil litigation firms, headed by Steve Mostyn and Amber Anderson Mostyn. Their work has focused on representing clients who have been victims of negligence, bad faith or other wrongdoing by medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and others.
Steve, a graduate of the South Texas College of Law, is a founding member of the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers and former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Amber, a graduate of the University of Texas Law School in Austin, has been an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan Law School and at South Texas College of Law.