J&J to pay $9.9M to settle Washington state surgical mesh case

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Just before a trial was set to begin April 22 in Seattle, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $9.9 million to resolve a lawsuit claiming the company failed to warn patients about the risks of its pelvic mesh devices.

The lawsuit, filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in 2016, claimed J&J violated the state's Consumer Protection Act by failing to include the serious risks associated with the surgical mesh devices. Mr. Ferguson also alleges that Washington women experienced pain, suffering and life-altering complications that J&J knew about.

"Johnson & Johnson's knowing deception caused Washington women to suffer in deeply personal ways," Mr. Ferguson said. "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."

Tens of thousands of patients have sued J&J over the surgical mesh products.

J&J didn't admit any wrongdoing.

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