SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $344 million in penalties for deceptively marketing pelvic mesh devices for women, according to a copy of the ruling.
Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon ruled Thursday against the medical giant in a lawsuit brought by the California Department of Justice in 2016.
The California Attorney General's Office called the decision the first time a court has ruled that the company engaged in false and deceptive business practices.
Johnson & Johnson, the world's biggest maker of health care products, reported last week a net income of $4.01 billion, or $1.50 per share — an increase from $3.04 billion a year earlier. Higher prescription drug sales and lower legal costs drove J&J's fourth-quarter profit 32% higher.