OLYMPIA, Wash. - Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million after failing to disclose the risk of its surgical mesh devices. The company agreed to pay the fine to avoid going to trial, which would have started Monday.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson first filed the lawsuit in May 2016, asserting the multi-billion dollar corporation violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.
Ferguson claimed Johnson & Johnson failed to include several serious, life-altering risks associated with its surgical mesh devices in materials for patients and doctors. According to the Office of the Attorney General, approximately 14,000 Washington women had these devices implanted. The AG’s office also believes hundreds of those women were adversely impacted, with some having to go back for another procedure.
“Johnson & Johnson’s knowing deception caused Washington women to suffer in deeply personal ways,” said Ferguson. “I’m proud of my team for holding a powerful interest accountable for its egregious conduct — and look forward to providing millions of dollars in relief to assist those who were harmed.”
Ferguson said the $9.9 million will be used to assist women who received pelvic mesh implants, in addition to any recovery they receive in a personal injury suit.
Washington’s lawsuit was just one of many filed across the country regarding these devices.
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