Monday, October 13, 2008
Article in AmLaw Daily -- Ortho Evra Settlements Quicken Ahead of SCOTUS Preemption Review, by Brian Baxter. Here's an excerpt:
Bloomberg reported on Friday that Johnson & Johnson has paid roughly $68.7 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by women who claim the company's Ortho Evra birth-control patch adversely affected their health.
According to Bloomberg, over 4,000 complaints have been filed in federal and state courts by plaintiffs claiming they've suffered blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes as a result of the high levels of estrogen released by the birth-control patch, which is manufactured by Raritan, N.J.-based J&J subsidiary Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. With the approval of the FDA, J&J voluntarily agreed to strengthen the warning label on the patch several times since its release in 2002.
Bloomberg has a more detailed article on the settlement.