Settlements

Sutter Health settles antitrust case

A sign outside of a hospital owned by Sutter Health.
Sutter Health is based in California. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Sutter Health has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the hospital system of price-gouging, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Spokespeople for California's attorney general and Sutter told Axios the terms of the settlement are confidential, and they could not comment further until the court approved the deal.

The big picture: Hospital systems have never been more concentrated, and this is now the second major settlement in the past 12 months involving a state going after alleged anticompetitive activity from dominant hospitals. The first involved Atrium Health.

Johnson & Johnson's legal bills keep mounting

Illustration of a hundred dollar bill with Benjamin Franklin having two black eyes and a busted lip.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Johnson & Johnson has spent $900 million on litigation in the first half of this year, and that tally is only going to swell.

The big picture: J&J is fighting thousands of legal battles over the safety of its prescription drugs and medical devices — chipping away at public trust in a health care company that has become a household name, and threatening to strip billions of dollars out of its coffers.