Johnson & Johnson claimed in a court filing that women are being illegally contacted by unknown callers trying to persuade them to sue over J&J's Ethicon transvaginal mesh devices.
J&J claims the callers are misusing private medical information protected under U.S. law. The unknown callers, some of whom claimed to be from the FDA, told women they could receive up to $40,000 from the lawsuits.
Ethicon's transvaginal mesh devices -- used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse -- are currently the subject of more than 35,000 lawsuits.
Read the Reuters press release