J&J Reaches $205 Million Settlement in Australian Pelvic Mesh Class Action

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Sep 12 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson has reached a 300 million Australian dollar ($204.90 million) settlement in two Australian class action lawsuits filed by Shine Lawyers for selling faulty pelvic mesh implants to Australian women, the law firm said on Monday.

The settlement, which Shine Lawyers said was the largest product liability class action settlement in Australian history, follows multiple legal proceedings involving more than 11,000 claimants, the pharmaceutical giant and its Ethicon subsidiary.

A federal court judge previously found that Ethicon sold implants to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse without warning women and surgeons of the risks, and rushed the products to market before proper testing . Read more

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The company was ordered to pay $1.7 million to three Australian women in March 2020.

A second class action lawsuit was subsequently filed by Shine Lawyers in April 2021 on behalf of women who received their implants on or after July 4, 2017 and were ineligible to join the first class action, with claims similar to the first.

“The settlement reached on September 9, 2022 is the largest product liability class action settlement in Australian history and is subject to Federal Court approval,” Shine Lawyers said in a statement.

A Johnson & Johnson spokesperson said, “Ethicon sympathizes with all women who experience medical complications related to pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.”

J&J has faced similar lawsuits over its pelvic mesh products in the United States, Canada and Europe.

($1 = 1.4641 Australian dollars)

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Reporting by Jaskiran Singh in Bengaluru, additional reporting by Sonali Paul in Melbourne; edited by Uttaresh.V

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