Ore. AG Says Phantom Recall Misled Consumers

Law360, New York (January 12, 2011, 6:02 PM EST) -- Oregon has become the first state to pursue legal action against Johnson & Johnson over the drugmaker's so-called phantom recall of its Motrin painkiller.

Oregon Attorney General John R. Kroger filed a complaint Tuesday in the Circuit Court for the State of Oregon, Multnomah County, alleging Johnson & Johnson hired contractors to “surreptitiously” search stores across the state to remove packages of the over-the-counter painkiller.

Kroger claims Johnson & Johnson, along with units McNeil-PPC Inc. and McNeil Healthcare LLC, delayed disclosing the problem publicly for more...
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