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J&J Sued by Oregon Over Secret Motrin Recall

Johnson & Johnson, after recalling more than 40 types of medicines last year, was sued by Oregon over claims it put consumers at risk by secretly removing defective Motrin painkiller from store shelves.

Attorney General John Kroger said Johnson & Johnson sought to avoid negative publicity with a plan to covertly buy up supplies of the defective product from retailers instead of conducting an open recall. The complaint, filed yesterday in state court in Portland, seeks restitution for all Oregon purchases of Motrin, plus unspecified damages.