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Johnson & Johnson to settle four cases over vaginal-mesh implants

Johnson & Johnson agreed to resolve four cases over its vaginal-mesh implants, including one being tried this week in Missouri, in the company's first settlements of allegations that the devices harmed thousands of women. The details of the settlements are confidential, said Adam Slater, a lawyer for the Missouri women who settled their state-court claims that the inserts made by J&J's Ethicon unit left them in pain. The devices are used to bolster sagging organs and to treat incontinence. J&J since 2012 has steadfastly refused to join settlement talks between plaintiffs' lawyers and other insert makers seeking a global resolution of the litigation, said Carl...

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