Judge Merges Shareholder Suits Over J&J FCPA Cases

Law360, New York (July 29, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Friday merged a pair of shareholder suits claiming Johnson & Johnson and its board should be held liable for allegedly failing to prevent and respond to corruption and foreign bribery scandals among its subsidiaries.

The company paid $78 million in April to settle civil claims and criminal charges that its subsidiaries bribed doctors in Europe and paid kickbacks to officials in Iraq to boost business, violating the FCPA. Within about a month of the settlement, shareholders launched parallel civil suits...
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