Should the DOJ take a Page From the NBA regarding JNJ? BANNED FOR LIFE
May 13, 2014
The NBA moved swiftly to remove Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling after his recorded racist comments were made public. Two reasons this occurred:
The first: Mr. Sterling’s behavior was reprehensible and should not have been tolerated for as long as it had. Mr. Sterling had even been fined by the DOJ for racism (or housing discrimination) in 2009.
The second: The NBA has an image to protect and while some protected Mr. Sterling’s racism now made very public the NBA was forced to take accountability by created the first ever “Banned for Life” position within the NBA.
Let’s now apply the DOJs federal civil and criminal actions against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and their executives. While this case does not involve racism or housing discrimination it does involve child death, adolescent males growing breasts, birth defects, and 22,000 of the 40,000 Transvaginal Mesh cases in federal court.
And while the NBA had newly appointed Adam Silver hand some Forced Accountability to Donald Sterling, what does the DOJ need in order to hand some Forced Accountability to JNJ? Maybe they need to have their image damaged so badly they’ll bring in someone capable who won’t allow Johnson & Johnson to encourage, replicate and reward illegal behavior? And maybe the media and American public need to keep these stories in the public just like we did for quick and positive change in the NBA.
Here’s a refresher:
Shame is the name of the game. Keep Johnson & Johnson and each subsidiary along with their executive’s names in the media as much as possible using their own fact based evidence to bring about public change quickly by forcing accountability where our own government is lacking. Bust out your ruby slippers and keep clicking until we hear that Alex Gorsky, Gary Pruden and Bridget Ross promoted from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals responsible for Risperdal that killed 31 children and Topamax that caused known birth defects and then again promoted to Ethicon’s Gynecare responsible for 20,000 Trasvaginal Mesh cases are BANNED FOR LIFE as executives.
1Johnson & Johnson subsidiary owned Janssen Pharmaceuticals responsible Risperdal which caused 31 child deaths, over 1,207 children suffered serious problems and young males produced breasts resulting in a $2.2 billion fine for illegal kick-backs and off-label marketing 1
2Johnson & Johnson subsidiary owned Janssen Pharmaceuticals responsible for Topamax birth defects with 134 cases still pending. 2
3Johnson & Johnson subsidiary owned Ethicon’s subsidiary Gynecare were found GUILTY by the Courts of destroying documents in the pending Gynecare Transvaginal Mesh cases that would have benefitted the plaintiffs (or victims in the case) 3
4Johnson & Johnson subsidiary owned Ethicon’s subsidiary Gynecare is responsible for over 22,000 Transvaginal Mesh cases (out of 44,000) causing infections, pelvic pain, urinary problems including prolapse and or incontinence, vaginal scarring resulting in pain during sex and neuropathic pain. Some women have undergone additional surgical procedure, often to remove the mesh, along with IV therapy, blood transfusions and drainage of hematomas or abscesses which could be on going for the remainder of their lives. 4