J&J Settles Wash. AG's Pelvic Mesh Case Just Before Trial

Law360 (April 22, 2019, 7:58 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle the state of Washington's allegations that its Ethicon subsidiary downplayed the risks of its surgical mesh devices in its marketing, avoiding a Seattle trial that was about to begin Monday.

Hours after the trial was scheduled to start before King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne R. Parisien, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the deal.

"Johnson & Johnson's knowing deception caused Washington women to suffer in deeply personal ways," Ferguson said in a statement. "I'm proud of my team for holding a powerful interest accountable for its egregious conduct —...

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