Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon has balked at deposition requests aimed at gathering information central to a recently reignited venue dispute in the pelvic mesh mass tort in Philadelphia.

Ethicon, which is facing more than 100 lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas over its pelvic mesh products, filed a motion asking the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to quash deposition notices the plaintiffs sent to company officials, including Ethicon’s strategic sourcing manager. The depositions are aimed at gathering information about the extent to which a Pennsylvania-based company, Secant, supplied biomaterials to Ethicon for use in its mesh products, but the defendant has contended the depositions are overkill and would create an unfair burden.

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