Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday announced a $5.5 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. for deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. The settlement is the result of an investigation finding that that the companies violated state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of the devices and failing to sufficiently disclose risks associated with their use.
“Companies must fully disclose the risks associated with their products,” said Rosenblum. “We alleged that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary knew about possible serious medical complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh, but failed to warn the patients and physicians who used their products. I’m pleased we were able to negotiate a settlement that makes these companies address some of the harm they’ve caused to women and requires significant corporate change to ensure that, going forward, patients and medical professionals have all the information they need to make sound decisions.”