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J&J Ordered to Pay $344 Million Over Vaginal-Mesh Marketing

  • California judge finds J&J violated consumer-protection laws
  • Case was first such state claim over mesh sales to go to trial
Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $70 Million Over Bribery Claims

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Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $344 million for misrepresenting the risks of vaginal-mesh implants to consumers in California, the first state to bring its claim against the company to trial after thousands of U.S. women sued and some products were recalled.

Lawyers for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra proved J&J and its Ethicon unit “deceptively marketed their pelvic mesh products” for years to doctors and consumers without fully disclosing the risks of the devices, misleading users in violation of state consumer-protection laws, San Diego Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon concluded in his ruling Thursday.