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Johnson & Johnson’s Phantom Recall

In 2011, a lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging the company had engaged in a “phantom recall” of defective Motrin products in an effort to avoid negative publicity. According to reports, after learning that certain Motrin pills were not dissolving properly in 2008, Johnson & Johnson sent “secret shoppers” to buy the pills back from some 5,000 retail locations. This was in an apparent effort to avoid additional attention from the FDA in a year during which the company’s manufacturing processes were under heavy scrutiny.

The initial lawsuit against the consumer products giant ended in a consent agreement with the federal government that required Johnson & Johnson upgrade manufacturing facilities to reduce quality-control issues such as the one impacting Motrin. Reopened in 2015 by an appellate court, the case has now resulted in a $400,000 settlement to the state of Oregon, where officials claimed the effectiveness of the product had been misrepresented, placing consumers at “material risk.”

Johnson & Johnson is the manufacturer of several consumer products that are known to be unsafe. From talcum powder to pelvic mesh, hip implants to blood thinners, Johnson & Johnson has been involved in one lawsuit after another for poorly designed and manufactured medical and healthcare products. If you have been the victim of a defective Johnson & Johnson product or a product from one of its subsidiaries, you have a right to take legal action and seek compensation for your damages. Multiple lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson are currently being heard. You may be entitled to settlement money from these or your own legal proceedings. The best way to learn if you can collect compensation for your injuries is through a one-on-one consultation at the Minneapolis office of GoldenbergLaw.

If you believe you have been injured by a Johnson & Johnson product, please contact GoldenbergLaw online or by calling (800) 504-0281 today. Our defective product lawyers welcome cases from all areas of the country at our Minneapolis, MN office.


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