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Johnson & Johnson Announces Settlement With U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Date:4/8/2011

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced today it will pay $70,006,316 in fines, disgorgement and interest, an amount previously reserved for, in a settlement related to publicly disclosed Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Company hopes to reach a settlement of a related investigation by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in several days.  

In 2007, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily disclosed to the DOJ and the SEC that subsidiaries outside the United States were believed to have made improper payments in connection with the sale of medical devices.  In the course of comprehensive compliance efforts and reports into the Company, similar issues in additional markets and businesses were identified and brought to the attention of the agencies.

As part of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson has entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the DOJ and a Consent to Final Judgment with the SEC. These agreements reflect the recognition by DOJ and SEC of Johnson & Johnson's voluntary disclosures and subsequent cooperation, as well as the company's compliance efforts over the past four years.  If the company completes three years of enhanced FCPA compliance undertakings and reporting to the DOJ and the SEC, the charges filed by the DOJ against a subsidiary company will be dismissed.  

"More than four years ago, we went to the government to report improper payments and have taken full responsibility for these actions," said William C. Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We are deeply disappointed by the unacceptable conduct that led to these violations.  We have undertaken significant changes since then to improve our compl
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