Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $344m over pelvic mesh claims
San Diego suit was part of a series of claims company has faced worldwide
San Diego County Superior Judge Eddie Sturgeon ruled that Johnson & Johnson knew of the potential risks and side effects of its products before their launch and did not disclose these risks in educational and marketing materials provided to doctors and patients.
Sturgeon in his ruling said "complications could be so severe that mesh removal would be necessary but, unlike other implants, removal is difficult and harmful and can take multiple surgeries.
Women who have used the devices say the side-effects include incontinence, infection, bleeding and chronic pain.
"Today we achieved justice for the women and families forever scarred by Johnson & Johnson’s dishonesty."
"Today’s judgment marks the first time a court of law has issued findings of fact and ruled that Johnson & Johnson did indeed engage in illegal false and deceptive business practices," his office said.
Worldwide, more than two million women have had these mesh products implanted in their bodies.
In addition to the suit filed in California, the company has settled similar claims with the state of Washington for $9.9 million and a coalition of 42 other states for $117 million.