J&J Settles Secret Recall Case

May 12, 2017


Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $400,000 to Oregon to resolve a decade-old lawsuit claiming it engaged in a "phantom recall" of defective Motrin pills.

According to the lawsuit, J&J discovered in 2008 that supplies of the painkiller manufactured in Puerto Rico failed dissolution tests. Instead of conducting a recall, the drugmaker hired a contractor to send secret shoppers out to buy the bad product from stores in order to avoid negative publicity.

Johnson & Johnson didn’t admit fault in the settlement.

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