Johnson & Johnson settles Washington pelvic mesh lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — On the eve of trial, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Washington state accusing it of misrepresenting the risks of pelvic mesh implants.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the New Jersey-based health-care giant in 2016, saying that it and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc. violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act by failing to tell patients and doctors about the risks and occurrences of dire, sometimes irreversible complications. Those include urinary dysfunction, loss of sexual function, constipation and severe pain.

Tens of thousands of patients have sued Johnson & Johnson and other companies over the products. Ferguson said the money from the settlement would be used to help Washington women who had mesh implanted.

Johnson & Johnson did not admit wrongdoing. Trial had been due to start Monday in King County Superior Court.