It seems that Johnson & Johnson has had a bad year, legally speaking. First there more than 14,000 lawsuits contending that their iconic Baby Powder is contaminated with asbestos. Attorneys say that this caused men and women who used the product to develop cancer. Next, the company has been named as a part of several lawsuits by several different state and local jurisdictions in a class action lawsuit regarding the opioid crisis facing America. The company is also facing lawsuits by both women and state attorneys regarding its vaginal mesh, produced by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon.
The Advocate reports that Louisiana will receive $2.1 million as a part of a $117 million multistate settlement. The settlement came in a case that alleged that Johnson & Johnson deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products. The pelvic mesh was designed to support sagging organs seen in the condition pelvic organ prolapse.
The Attorney General for Louisiana said that the company violated state consumer protection laws by not fully disclosing the risks of pelvic mesh. Numerous women who have had the pelvic mesh implanted have since suffered from pain, bleeding, and infection.
The settlement covers 41 states and the District of Columbia. While the settlement requires that the company fully disclose the risks and stop making inaccurate claims, it does not include Johnson & Johnson admitting to any wrongdoing.
The settlement comes as Johnson & Johnson faces several thousand other lawsuits over its Baby Powder, opioid pain relievers, and other prescription medications.
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