Johnson & Johnson, Robert Wood Johnson (I, II, III and IV) — This Crowd and JUSTICE Reform???
For a generic overview of what, exactly, business is the Johnson & Johnson company in NOW, see Reuters.com Overview (viewed on Christmas Day, 12/25/2013). You may recognize the signature from many of the consumer products:
Johnson & Johnson, incorporated in November 10, 1887, is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the health care field.
The business of Johnson & Johnson is conducted by more than 275 operating companies located in 60 countries, including the United States, which sell products in virtually all countries throughout the world.
In March 2013, Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Corporation announced the acquisition of Flexible Stenting Solutions, Inc. In June 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced the opening of the Johnson & Johnson Innovation center in Boston. In August 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced it has completed its acquisition of Aragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical discovery and development company focused on drugs to treat hormonally driven cancers.
The Company’s primary focus has been on products related to human health and well-being. The Company is organized into three business segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. The Company’s subsidiaries operate 146 manufacturing facilities occupying approximately 21.6 million square feet of floor space.
The Consumer segment includes a broad range of products used in the baby care, skin care, oral care, wound care and women’s health care fields, as well as nutritional and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, and wellness and prevention platforms. The Baby Care franchise includes the JOHNSON’S Baby line of products. The brands in the Skin Care franchise include the AVEENO,CLEAN & CLEAR, JOHNSON’S Adult, NEUTROGENA, RoC, LUBRIDERM, DABAO and VENDOME product lines. Brands in the Oral Care franchise include the LISTERINE and REMBRANDT oral care lines, as well as REACH interdental products. The Wound Care franchise includes BAND-AID brand adhesive bandages and NEOSPORIN First Aid products. brands in the Women’s Health franchise are CAREFREE pantiliners; o.b. tampons and STAYFREE sanitary protection products. The principal nutritional line is SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener. Over-the-counter medicines include the broad family of TYLENOL acetaminophen products; SUDAFED cold, flu and allergy products; ZYRTEC allergy products; MOTRIN IB ibuprofen products; and PEPCID AC Acid Controller. These products are marketed to the general public and sold both to retail outlets and distributors throughout the world.
The Pharmaceutical segment includes products in areas, such as anti-infective, antipsychotic, contraceptive, gastrointestinal, hematology, immunology, infectious diseases, neurology, oncology, pain management, thrombosis and vaccines.
These products are distributed directly to retailers, wholesalers and health care professionals for prescription use.
Key products in the Pharmaceutical segment include: REMICADE (infliximab), a treatment for a number of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases; STELARA (ustekinumab), a treatment for adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis; SIMPONI (golimumab), a treatment for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, active psoriatic arthritis, and active ankylosing spondylitis; VELCADE(bortezomib), a treatment for multiple myeloma; ZYTIGA (abiraterone acetate), a treatment for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer; PREZISTA (darunavir), INTELENCE (etravirine) and EDURANT (rilpivirine), treatments for HIV/AIDS; INCIVO (telaprevir), for the treatment of hepatitis C; NUCYNTA ER (tapentadol) extended release tablets, a treatment for moderate to severe chronic pain in adults and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in adults; INVEGA SUSTENNA (paliperidone palmitate), for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults; INVEGA (paliperidone) extended-release tablets, for the treatment of of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder;
RISPERDAL CONSTA (risperidone), a treatment for the management of Bipolar I Disorder and schizophrenia; XARELTO(rivaroxaban), an oral anticoagulant for the prevention of thrombosis following total hip or knee replacement surgery, for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, for the treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or to reduce the risk of recurrence of DVT or PE following an initial six months of treatment for acute venous thromboembolism; PROCRIT (epoetin alfa, sold outside the United States (U.S.) as EPREX), to stimulate red blood cell production; LEVAQUIN (levofloxacin) for the treatment of bacterial infections; CONCERTA (methylphenidate HCl) extended-release tablets CII, a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; ACIPHEX/PARIET, a proton pump inhibitor co-marketed with Eisai Inc.; and DURAGESIC/ (fentanyl transdermal system) CII, sold outside the U.S. as DUROGESIC, a treatment for chronic pain that offers a novel delivery system.
Medical Devices and Diagnostics
The Medical Devices and Diagnostics segment includes a broad range of products used principally in the professional fields by physicians, nurses, hospitals, and clinics. These include products to treat cardiovascular disease; orthopaedic and neurological products; blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery products; general surgery, biosurgical, and energy products; professional diagnostic products; infection prevention products; and disposable contact lenses. These products are distributed to wholesalers, hospitals and retailers both directly and through surgical supply and other distributors.
These images of: just a fragment of the Johnson & Johnson project lines; a book about their family, and of Casey Johnson, the young woman (to left) was found tragically dead in 2010, at only age 30 after several days, and in squalid conditions in a Los Angeles apartment,
have far more to do with the Family Courts having been transformed into Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for (ideally) the entire family than I realized.
See last post….ByPassing the Legal Process: How and for WHOM Maryland got its Family Divisions in 1998 to understand it wasn’t JUST a handful of advocates cutting a deal with a well-known Judge to administer into existence what they couldn’t, even in the mid-1990s, get legislated into reality, after many tries.
After reading about the background of Johnson & Johnson founders and their offspring, I am thinking seriously that all the pain and grief we are going through (including at holiday times) around the issue of “FAMILY” has more to do with the habits of this Johnson & Johnson family line — which obviously are in need of some of their own family and substance abuse therapy, family reunification, and quite a few other services — like hearing relationships, or staying married, and not abandoning their sons, daughters (biological or adopted). Something seems missing in the ethical category, including at times the work ethic — who needs to work with the size of those trust funds! Check out some of the footnotes on the other Johnson Brother (and descendants) J. Seward Johnson (sample from 1987, as a 12-year battle of children wife #3: Family Fortune, a Tangled Tale)
It’s a real wake-up call for a massive change of the status quo, and why attempting to reason with attorneys as a class (or, training judges) about the courts isn’t going to get far. They are listening as a class (cf. RWJF paying the ABA to promote UFCs) to their funders.
How have most of those products and practices affected our lives? Do we really need “Splenda”? How about Risperdal? Nov. 5, 2013 $2.2 billion settlement J&J announced with the “DOJ” shows that the pratices of lying, stealing from taxpayers, cheating, bribing (paying kickbacks), misbranding, and expanding marketing of sometimes dangerous drugs and products to categories of VULNERABLE people they weren’t designed for — is still ongoing:
The Agreement Settles Charges that Johnson & Johnson Illegally Marketed Risperdal, Invega and Natracor for Off-Label Use and Paid Kick-Backs to Physicians to Drive Sales of Risperdal and Invega, Alonso Krangle LLP reports
[In addition to what may be now be more more common knowledge — targeting the most vulnerable: children, the elderly and the disabled, and paying kickbacks.. there’s also the issue harming men, i.e., gynomastia, a concealed side effect of Risperdal:]
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits in a consolidated litigation underway in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. Many of these lawsuits were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who developed gynecomastia, or male breast growth, allegedly due to their use of Risperdal. In October 2012, Bloomberg News reported that Johnson & Johnson had reached Risperdal settlements in five cases that were designated for the litigation’s first bellwether trials. Among other things, the Risperdal lawsuits alleged that Johnson & Johnson had concealed evidence that Risperdal could cause male breast growth, and that the company had improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug for use in children. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case ID. 100300296)
Perhaps someday this might also be a class-action lawsuit re: kickbacks? or marketing the “Unified Family Court” model to classes of people it wasn’t designed for. IT was designed for primarily substance abuse treatment//drug courts… about which the Johnsons seem to know PLENTY…
Here’s a “UFC” from City and County of San Francisco, CALIFORNIA. Notice combined jursidiction, and (towards the bottom) forced mediation for any restraining orders issued– and that the URL shows this is under the Superior Court, just as it was in Baltimore:
Unified Family Court (UFC) is comprised of Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency and Family Law. Its mission is to provide coordinated services to those who have family-related issues in the Court system; strengthen services to the community; and assist and promote healthy families and children. UFC handles divorce, legal separation and nullity; parentage; domestic abuse restraining orders; child, spousal and family support [i.e., the MONEY]; child custody and visitation; mediation and self-help services; child abuse and neglect; and children’s violations of criminal law.
Here’s one from FLORIDA, 11th Judicial District:
The Unified Family Court is the name of a model family court with an integrated, comprehensive approach to handling and resolving all cases involving children and families within the judicial system. A matter may qualify for transfer into the UFC when two or more open “cross over” cases among family members with issues concerning the same children are pending simultaneously in the Family, Juvenile and/or Domestic Violence Divisions.
|Domestic Violence Intake Unit|
|Operated through the joint efforts of the Clerk of Courts (COC) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) Advocacy unit, the Intake Unit is comprised of intake counselors and support staff dedicated to providing efficient and responsive services to the court and the community.|
This is exactly what happened in my case. We had one issue, a restraining order, in effect. I filed to renew, he filed to divorce (having been coached to do so, it later turned out), immediately switching venues, and successfully defeating the restraining order. To show up and be heard, one had to (“mandatory”) go through a mediator. In most states, court-appointed mediators qualify as access/visitation, fatherhood promotion, virtually “the beginning of the end” of abuse/harassment-free and solid mother-children relationships.”
CRIMINAL matters becoming FAMILY matters was a key element from the start . End result? Shortly thereafter, my holiday — and other — contact with children (my own) was eliminated. The word has been out for many years, for batterers and molesters (also affecting those men who AREN’T such, “get your case into family court, such a deal“
Not only did RWJFoundation want, and get, Unified Family Courts (see last post as well), they also then funded a later evaluation (“Public Health Roundup”) for how effective they were, which was dutifully received then publicized. This is from June 4, 2013, and posted under the foundation website:
Public Health News Roundup: June 4
**Notice, “domestic abuse” isn’t related, although some studies say it’s related to several of the other kinds.
Here’s another one from 2009, just a piddling $140K, called “Assessing the effectiveness of unified family courts in North Carolina in reducing rates of domestic violence and improving health“
The Johnson family wealth has a history of what would be called crooked dealings in helping acquire and expand the influence and reach. Here’s a (2008 5 years old) list of their US and International subsidiaries,
This wealth was of course poured into tax-exempt foundations, which is what most wealthy corporations do for obvious reasons — tax-exemption (to better retain the profits), public relations (good will where possible, and building influence on the factors which relate to — their core (or diversified) businesses, including politics, institutions, the courts, and here — the health delivery pipeline/network.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [the big one of those shown] had its hands in promoting the family court model. After a look at their family line (and as with many foundations — where they throw the weight around usually has to do with THEIR family problems as much as the rest of the country’s) shows that perhaps it was themselves who needed the substance abuse treatment, and family therapy….
|ORGANIZATION NAME||ST||YEAR||FORM||pp||TOTAL ASSETS||EIN|
|Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation||NJ||2011||990||46||$2,287,963||22-2552329|
|Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood, The||NJ||2011||990PF||161||$8,967,712,917||22-6029397|
|Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation||NJ||2011||990||39||$43,355,586||22-2378007|
|Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway Foundation||NJ||2011||990||44||$2,379,702||22-2405094|
|Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation||NJ||2010||990||77||$37,472,769||22-2378007|
|Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation||NJ||2010||990||60||$1,634,892||22-2552329|
Corporate wealth is poured into foundations, which redistributes political clout, affects national and local economies, and employees so many of us, that attempting to change this business model or commercial basis would seem insane. However, so is that business model, and we can see it’s not driving just us crazy — but some of their own from this particular group’s example.
I’ve said this before of Rhodes, Carnegie, and Rockefeller: Ruthless Giants, Magnificent Philanthropists = Our World Today. (Steel, Oil, Diamonds)….
And, regardless of HOW many health centers they start with their foundation money and whatever the cause, I think it’s time to put some reins on the circumstances allowing insane and genetically similar (i.e, crazy family bloodlines) to gain control of — government, courts, health institutions (PARTICULARLY hospitals), or anything else.
Our Medical assembly-line system is premised on prescriptions, but the basics for the chemical and pharma industries (which are their offshoots) comes, it can be traced, I believe in truth, to one cartel or another — but primarily, the I.G. Farben one, which was international, helped set up Hitler, and prepare the way for World War II. EVERYTHING that represents, has an inherited consequence in our world (countries, etc.) today — it’s central to the United States Economy. This includes the Psychiatric Profession, Harvard, you name it. And it includes the setup of the concept of an entire body of law (“family code”) which is relationship-based, i.e., get these people in front of a professional who can order adjustments…
Johnson & Johnson Company was pushing Risperdal. (Remember that Maryann Godboldo case in Detroit?)
I looked up a section from JnJ Wikipedia, and found the reference to:
Jun 17, 2008 – Meet the man who got rich by popularizing bipolar disorder for children. …
Mental health treatment in the United States is now a multibillion-dollar industry, and all the rules of industrial complexes apply. Not only does Big Pharma have influential psychiatrists such as Biederman in their pocket, virtually every mental health institution from which doctors, the press, and the general public receive their mental health information is financially interconnected with Big Pharma. The American Psychiatric Association, psychiatry’s professional organization, is hugely dependent on drug company grants, and this is also true for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and other so-called consumer organizations. Harvard and other prestigious university psychiatry departments take millions of dollars from drug companies, and the National Institute of Mental Health funds researchers who are financially connected with drug companie.
The corporate media, dependent on drug company advertising, occasionally reports on egregious scandals, but the corporate media is generally timid in reporting the big picture of how drug companies spread around millions of dollars to make billions of dollars.
There are certainly many troubled and disruptive American children who are sometimes extremely destructive to themselves or others. However, any attempt to understand these kids will be corrupted by financial dependency on drug companies, which have a vested interest in viewing all attentional, emotional, and behavioral difficulties as diseases that can be fixed with drugs
This name is as ubiquitous (“everywhere”) as its products; it needs to preserve a GOOD name to keep up with the family excesses and scandals.
Here’s just a random find a good cause from a Tennessee/Vanderbilt/RWJF program:
The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is to increase the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral, and health sciences, particularly sociology, economics, and political science, who will one day influence health policy at the national level.
But, we have to look at how it got its wealth, and what is expected in return for all the philanthropy — Links to the images at top are within the post.
It also helped to have a wealthy foundation with a kickstart from a wealthy family line pushing the concept and paying the ABA (like the American Bar Association is broke and needs grants…) to promote the concept — which the above post shows, when, and how. This post may, possibly, show the WHY, and provide a wake-up call that the primary problem America has to solve may not be drug abuse, obesity, or other long-term health issues (like mental illnesses) — but our involvement (our hands are not clean) in putting up with and accommodating an entire nation which has come under commercial, corporate, and the tax-exempt//not tax-exempt laws, which let some have houses and horses to spare, and others, no food to spare.
Inequality is always going to exist. I’m not saying wipe it out. I’m saying you couldn’t have these INSANE levels without certain circumstances favorable to them — and that if there is a poster-child for eliminating the individual income tax (and in fact, most other taxes), Johnson & Johnson and its related Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, allegedly philanthropic, but in fact, started with J&J shares (and probably the bulk of its endowment still holding them) might just be it. The term “Philanthropy” conceals that the sources of the philanthropy are often anything but…
Tax-exempt foundations from the start had the long-term and short-term advantage they do over the normal workers whose minds, and lives, don’t have passive income sufficient to keep up with the masterminds. To get a sense, just start reading more nonprofit tax returns, seeing money switch from one to another when under scrutiny; look at printouts of some of them maintaining the “market advantage” and accumulating wealth year after year, simply by starting with enough to make a difference in the beginning. See also short explanation at the bottom of this post.
And WHY all these drugs, drug courts, and Family Courts?
Why are the terms “bipolar” “borderline” “ADHD” and so forth, now commonplace, particularly among youth — and are all those school shootings really about the guns, or are they in general shown to have some antipsychotic or other mind-altering drug-involved behaviors?
Read a few, even a brief few pages on the biography of this insane, bullying, and strange family line who is pushing Rispderdal. Even Wikipedia names the settlements in state after state….
Woody, a classic irresponsible rich kid, nearly died in various bonehead accidents. Brothers Keith (cocaine overdose) and Willard (motorcycle accident) died at 27 and 23. His daughter Casey, a diabetic, was estranged from her father over her drug use, had a colorful love life with men and women, and died at 30, having failed to take the insulin she needed to live. And he owns the Jets, a splendid soap opera of incompetence.
There is one Johnson man who lusts after the 14-year-old sister of his wife, another who becomes smitten with a much younger Polish chambermaid in his mansion, takes her as his third wife and leaves her his fortune, and yet another who obsessively pursued a long legal battle to deny paternity of his daughter.
Granted, the novelist (Jerry Oppenheimer) he’s reviewing tends to write trashy stuff about the lives of such people — but even so, this particular family’s FOUNDATION has set about to restructure the courts, including through funds to the ABA, and pilot programs in five or six places.
However, I think this particular one tells us a lot about the particular design we have now.
Correlating the Johnson & Johnson wealth with the Robert Wood Johnsons (one of three brothers originally involved, some descendants of the other one/s make the narrative) with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
…with the Unified Family Court concept, which are created originally as Substance Abuse Treatment Centers (pulling in family and juvenile, dependency and treatment functions into one roof) — see last post.
I’ve known about the Therapeutic Jurisprudence model, which those hauled through it are protesting, and those promoting, are applauding — for a long time. I knew that Baltimore’s “Center for Families and Children in The Courts” was promoting this under the “Human Ecology Model,” and speculated that Ms. Barbara Babb and Ms Gloria Danziger (heading it up) were possibly/probably AFCC.
I’ve known about this CFCC and the Families Matter Symposium involving Maryland’s famous Judge Bell for a while. Pre-release Press, you can see they are saying the same thing they have been for YEARS.
Experts to Brainstorm June 24-25 on Lessening Negative Effect of Family Law Proceedings on Children, Families
ABA Family Law Section, UB’s Center for Families, Children and the Courts to Host Families Matter Symposium; Md. Chief Judge Bell Will Deliver Keynote
June 10, 2010
Contact: University Relations
Recognizing that adversarial legal proceedings often have a devastating impact upon children and families involved in contentious* cases, a distinguished group of more than 60 lawyers, judges, academics, mental health professionals, mediators and financial experts will meet at the University of Baltimore on June 24-25 to brainstorm about better ways to tackle family law matters. The Families Matter Symposium is a joint effort of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law and the University of Baltimore’s Center for Families, Children and the Courts. It will launch a multi-year initiative to improve family law processes.
*instead of contentious, why not just use the created trade-word, “high-conflict”? Who’s going to fund it?
Apparently the first one was in 2010, advertised here in an ABA Family Law Section (newsletter)? on page1, left sidebar:
“Families Matter” Symposium Summary (July 2010 e-newsletter) [hover cursor for more]
On June 24th and June 25th, the Section of Family Law in partnership with the University of Baltimore, School of Law, held its first “Families Matter Symposium.” Approximately 60 lawyers, judges, psychologists and accountants from all over the country met for two days, at their own expense, in order to develop practices and methodologies to lessen the disruptive impact on Family Law litigation. I am pleased that many of our Section members were present.
The symposium was led by facilitator Joe McNeely. The participants were asked to first identify problems in our system. That was the easy part. Next, we were divided into six working groups. Each group was charged with a particular problem area in Family Law, including domestic and family abuse, financial issues, alternative dispute resolution, lack of resources, and children’s issues.
Well, this got started a few decades ago.
Sure, families are important, but if you follow the money and get some history on who started the propaganda, often it leads to some seriously screwed up ones then projecting their individual family line’s weakness onto the national landscape (which after all, IS their playground) and demanding politics, governments, courts, law schools, or medical institutions (up to Harvard Psychiatric, which comes up in the pose) be re-aligned to guess who’s priorities, regardless of the impact on others.
But I am starting to believe that the whole thing may have been a RWJ brainstorm to help compensate for the craziness of his don’t have to work for a living, can’t stay married — or drug-free — insane family line. We already know that Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (with its focus on HEALTH) (although it seems its original commercial success was based on war – Civil War, World War I, World War II, etc.) prodded and paid grants to the ABA to promote the UFC model nationwide.
Learning also that this wealth was particularly used to pay off and promote President Bush, Republican causes in particular [see welfare reform], and that one of the family line was intending to restructure West Manhattan in a bid to get the 2012 Olympics to New York, owned the New York Jets, and like his forefathers, was reported in Florida putting the squeeze on a man whose family did NOT come from money, whose real estate smarts he wanted, perhaps it’s not too far a reach that if a Robert Wood Johnson heir WANTS the nation’s courts turned into substance treatment centers (blending with family courts), RWJ GETs the nation’s courts turned into substance treatment centers.
Don’t rule out the concept before reading at least one tax return and about the company and family line involved.
By the way a May, 2013 article in au.IBtimes.com (International Business Times) shows JnJ lost its license to produce its baby powders in India, says the FDA, after a cancer-causing agent ethylene oxide which is used to sterilize things in large-scale operations, was found in 15 batches. Because it wasn’t checked for residue:
While ethylene oxide can be used for sterilisation, the company did not bother to carry out a test after the process to check the amount of residue in the product. The products are used for new born babies. It is must for the company to follow all measures,” said by FDA joint commissioner KB Shende quoted by Pune Mirror.
What is Ethylene Oxide?
Ethylene Oxide is very important material used in large-scale chemical production. It also produces ethylene glycol, one of the components used in plastics. Ethylene Oxide has been used globally to produce solvents, lubricants, paint thinners and detergents.
How Dangerous Is It?
At room temperature, ethylene oxide is very dangerous; the chemical is flammable, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and irritating. It is an anaesthetic gas with a misleading pleasant smell.
What Effects Can It Do to Humans?
Unprotected and constant exposure to ethylene oxide can cause genetic mutation or DNA alternation which leads to cancer. It can damage the lungs and the cardiovascular system. Physical manifestation after exposure includes headache, vomiting, dizziness, sleep disturbances, leg pain, weakness, stiffness, sweating, liver enlargement and suppression of antitoxic functions of the body
I’ve posted plenty of tax returns from the site “FoundationCenter.org” on this blog. How many of them look like this? (in the next to last column): in other words, in the billions? (and this is just one of the owned foundations):
|ORGANIZATION NAME||STATE||YEAR||FORM||PAGES||TOTAL ASSETS||EIN|
|Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood, The||NJ||2011||990PF||161||$8,967,712,917||22-6029397|
|Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood, The||NJ||2010||990PF||291||$9,199,687,456||22-6029397|
|Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood, The||NJ||2009||990PF||312||$8,490,415,783||22-6029397|
(The tax returns are getting more streamlined, I see they’re down to ONLY 161pp)
Where is this money being held –invested in what? Given to whom? It’s in Princeton, NJ.
Dividends and interests from securities, $131 million; interest on savings and temporary cash $698K (for some people, that type of INCOME, let alone interest on income, would be a real pipe dream). Also, they sold some assets, that’s $314 million, net (actual sales was over $2 billion).
OK, in their Asset holdings, under the following categories — which do you think is the largest holdings? The first? (If so, think again).
- a Investments-U S and state government obligations (attach schedule)
- b Investments-corporate stock (attach schedule) . . . .
- c Investments-corporate bonds (attach schedule). . . .
- 11Investments-land, buildings, and equipment basis
They are investing $1+billion in corporate stocks, and $394 million in corporate bonds. In the U.S. Government? Only holding $81K. They’re wanting to RUN the US Government, not invest in it.
(I just looked through who they are donating money to. Interesting where the priorities seem to lie…)
Robert Wood Johnson II inherited $2 million when (age 16) his father died. He dropped out of Rutgers Prep school to manage Johnson & Johnson, which then went on to benefit from this next war as the original had from the Civil War (if I recall it right). They waterproofed medical adhesive bandage, colored it to match ammunition containers.
At 1942 he became “Brigadier General” and was appointed to Ordnance. He was appointed a position of authority over the War Plants Corporation (WPC), then SWPC (Smaller War Plants Corps) dealing with contracts, ran into serious trouble for favoring large over smaller, such that the entire Michigan division quit in protest. He then resigned in 1943, and went back to ruling over J&J, apparently not in a very good mood…
Interesting, he seems to have been a second-generation autocrat not very good at receiving feedback, including from government. There were three marriages, towards the end he had to step down from the “SWPC,” went back to J&J, firing some relatives (including his son and nephew) and at his death, having taken care of the children (there were three different marriages, given the times, it seems that wealth helped the transition), and on his death left most of $400,000,000 — to the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, preserving the name of his grandfather. [Wiki seems subjective, but is still interesting.]
Robert Wood Johnson III (son of the first of 3 marriages, above, and an only child) had 5 children; one died of a cocaine overdose in 1975, and the other in a motorcycle accident.
There is a “Robert Wood Johnson IV.” Maybe they should try another name…. More on him, below the Foundation Funding….
- 1936 “In late 1936, he created the Johnson New Brunswick Foundation with 12,000 shares of company stock—worth about $5.4 million today.”
- 1971 In 1971, Johnson & Johnson, 10,204,377 common shares to the foundation translated into $1.2 billion.
- 1972 RWJF was formed in 1972 after the death of Robert Wood Johnson II, former chairman of Johnson & Johnson. Its initial funding was roughly $1.2 billion. Today RWJF has an endowment of roughly $9 billion. Due to prudent financial management, the Foundation enjoys the same ‘buying power’ in 2012 as it did at its inception
- 2013 RWJF intends to award funds [$425 million] in 2013 to hundreds of organizations working to improve health nationally and in dozens of targeted communities. Since its inception in 1972, the Foundation has awarded more than $9 billion in grants, with grantees located in every state in the country.
In the early ’70s, for his third marriage, Seward [John Seward Johnson I) wed his Polish cook. More than a decade later, Seward is said to have redone his will with his wife’s help while on his deathbed, leaving her the entirety of his fortune and cutting out his children. His children filed a suit and a three-year-long, ludicrously expensive trial ensued. The children, including Jamie’s father James “Jimmy” Loring Johnson, eventually recouped some of their lost inheritance
Socialite and Paris Hilton companion Casey died in 2010 in Los Angeles at Age 30. (below with fiance “Tila Tequila,” right. They’d fought recently and Casey’s body wasn’t found for several days).
Johnson, who adopted a young girl, Ava-Monroe, from Kazakhstan in 2007, battled childhood diabetes and co-authored a book on the subject with her father called “Managing Your Child’s Diet.” She was arrested last November on charges of theft after allegedly taking clothing, jewelry and legal documents from an ex-girlfriend.
According to TMZ, unnamed law enforcement sources said Johnson appeared to have been dead for “several days.” Tequila told the site that the two had fought last week and that she’d been unable to reach Johnson on December 29 after the heiress had left her dogs at Tequila’s home.
2013 August 11th article from “The Daily Beast” reviews/comments on a book “Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal & Tragedy inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty.” By Emma Garman
. . .The 1968 death of Robert Wood Johnson II, son of a co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, the highly successful chairman of the board for 25 years, and known as the General because of his WWII army rank, augured an especially unfortunate phase. If as a 74-year-old ex-smoker his succumbing to terminal cancer wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, it was an abrupt lesson in the democracy of illness for this tyrannous leader, who expected the world to bend to his iron will.
Meanwhile, his son Bobby, whom he’d rejected for being a fat child, and later feuded with and fired as president of Johnson & Johnson in 1965, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Despite cutting-edge radiation treatment, he died in December 1970 at age 50. In September 1968, his son Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson III, famous today as the owner of the New York Jets, had broken his back and been pronounced permanently paralyzed. The 21-year-old University of Arizona junior was driving from Tucson to Phoenix with friends.
Another description talked about the family “Excommunication” which related to why he was in Tucson, not on the East Coast running the family business.
Stopping for a bathroom break at an interstate exit, Woody, likely drunk and in pitch darkness, fell backwards off an overpass, hitting the ground 18 feet below. Following surgery, months of intensive care, and a lengthy rehabilitation, he was able to walk again, but with a permanent limp. Two of his younger brothers weren’t so lucky. In 1975, 27-year-old Keith Johnson died after shooting up cocaine. A few weeks later, 23-year-old Billy Johnson was killed in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, just two years after receiving his first trust fund check for around $10 million.
None of Bobby’s five children (also surviving Keith and Billy, along with Woody and Libet, is their younger brother Christopher), nor indeed any Johnson since Bobby, has ever worked for the family business, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1944. The General’s ruthless business acumen, the company’s pioneering medical products and health remedies, and its distinctive packaging—the Red Cross logo was brazenly appropriated from American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, who was eventually paid the princely sum of one dollar—would result in unfathomable wealth into perpetuity for every Johnson & Johnson scion. A block of one hundred company shares, which sold for $3,750 in 1944, was worth $12 million by the end of the 20th century, and so for Woody and his siblings, tens of millions of dollars in company stock accrued in trust funds with zero effort on their part.
Other sections of the Johnson family, including the descendants of the General’s younger brother, John Seward Johnson I, are similarly endowed. As a teenager in the early 1900s, Seward was apparently kept as “a sexual prisoner” by a New York socialite, having been abandoned by his parents. After he died, his daughter, Mary Lea—the first infant face on the Baby Powder container, and the recipient of a $100 million trust fund—publicly claimed that he had molested her, a charge that her son, Eric Ryan, believes was a scurrilous concoction of her “flamboyant, publicity-hungry producer husband,” Marty Richards. “My mother was not a stable person,” Ryan told Oppenheimer. “She was heavily into alcohol and painkillers.” In 1976
Mary Lea accused her second husband, a child psychiatrist named Victor D’Arc, of conspiring with his alleged lover—their 32-year-old handyman and chauffeur—to have her murdered so as to obtain the $20 million she’d bequeathed to him in a will.
. . . ….his deep involvement in the GOP …As Oppenheimer [book author] details, Woody supported both McCain and Romney, providing substantial amounts of his own money as well as soliciting donations from his powerful friends. It was thanks to Woody that the 2008 Republican National Convention’s $10 million shortfall was met. In the run-up to 2012, Woody was often by Romney’s side, hosting $2,500-a-plate breakfasts and accompanying him on a trip to Israel for “meetings.” Oppenheimer observes that the two men, who were born a month apart in 1947, share “the same political philosophies, a similar kind of private equity business,” and are “both intensely secretive, especially about their finances.”
The image above is from another book review, 9/15/2013 by Richard Aregood, a blogs.NJ.com, (Star-Ledger)
. . .a family so wealthy that not even the most egregiously insane or irresponsible behavior spanning multiple generations could slow them down. ~ There are so many Johnsons, doing an amazing variety of loony, sad, tragic, stupid, horny and bewildering things and so many lawsuits in which they sue one another and seemingly anybody in range, . . .
The fortune and the story begins in New Brunswick, where the three Johnson brothers, after having conned Clara Barton out of the Red Cross trademark for $1, built a business selling everything from surgical supplies to home birthing kits to Johnson’s Baby Powder and Band-Aids. The money poured in. And the brilliantly designed trust funds have kept the family in mansions to this day, no matter how many ill-considered marriages they may indulge in.
In addition to the usual rich people primo real estate in Manhattan and various equally palatial warm weather retreats, some of the Johnson money went over time to build mansions across New Jersey…”
By DUFF WILSONPublished: November 11, 2004
THE billionaire known as Woody looks out from his penthouse on the 49th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower on a Manhattan that he hopes to transform.
He is one of the biggest Republican fund-raisers in the nation, and his grateful allies – President Bush, Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg – make up a rare triple play of powerful support.
He is offering $800 million toward a $1.4 billion stadium for the Jets, the team he bought for $635 million in 2001, unheard-of sums for either a stadium or a team without one. He wants government approvals and $600 million in city and state financing to seal the deal. He is also the glue in far-reaching plans to redevelop the far West Side of Manhattan and to attract the 2012 Olympics.
. . .When you have a billion and the small partner at 25 percent doesn’t have it, you can sort of run over him and do what you want, can’t you?” said a former business partner, Michael Richard Spielvogel. “His money and his power ran away from me.”
After moving to New York in 1984, Johnson concentrated on managing his money and rearing a family. He also became a leading contributor to philanthropic causes, particularly foundations working to promote research into diabetes and lupus, autoimmune diseases that have afflicted two of his three children.
He became a leading donor, as well, to the Republican Party and to individual candidates, building alliances that could serve him well as he tries to build a public consensus behind the Jets’ highly disputed proposal for a new stadium and convention hall, which would be by far the most expensive stadium built in the United States.
. . . .Problems in Florida
Spielvogel, a hustling real estate developer from Long Island, was Johnson’s partner for four years in ventures named Woodric Enterprises, after their middle names. . . . .
“He comes in and first thing out of his mouth was, ‘My family and I checked you out, and I want to do ‘bidness’ with you,’ ” Spielvogel said. “He said, ‘You didn’t have any family money; you did it on your own.’ And basically: ‘Teach me. I’ll give you 10 percent of the first deal and 25 percent of every deal thereafter if you just sell your operations in New York and move to Florida.’ And that’s basically what I did.
“He was the money. I was the brains.” . . . .
Spielvogel had no spending authority. Woodric also developed a condo project in Coral Springs, north of Fort Lauderdale, and a Holiday Inn near Boca Raton’s beaches.
Two condo buyers sued over what they described as fraudulent or misleading sales activity; one won $5,480 and the other settled for an undisclosed amount. Johnson’s role was unclear from court records. He was personally sued for $1,394 in unpaid dues at the luxury Corinthian Condo in Broward County, where he lived, in 1976. A judge found Johnson in contempt of court in the case. Further details could not be learned, because the court file has been purged, the lawyer for the condominium is dead and Johnson declined to be interviewed.
Spielvogel held a nonvoting 25 percent share in Woodric and worked for $700 a week, he said, when Latman persuaded Johnson to squeeze him out of the business. (Latman could not be reached for comment.) Spielvogel said he had been forced to sell out for less than he thought his share was worth because he needed money for food and rent.
“Basically I was strangled, financially strangled,” Spielvogel said.
But then he filed an affidavit in Broward County saying he had given up his interest in one real estate project “under extreme duress and coercion inflicted on me by Robert Wood Johnson IV.” Later, Spielvogel said, he accepted $55,000 to give up his 25 percent share in Woodric and withdraw the charges of coercion. Woodric later turned out to be worth many millions, Spielvogel said. Today, he said of Johnson: “I wish him well. I don’t begrudge him anything. I’ve moved on with my life, he’s moved on with his life.” Johnson has cut off all contact. In 1998, Spielvogel phoned to say that his daughter, whom Johnson had known as a baby, had died. Johnson did not call back.
WHAT A REAL NICE GUY…
Since the 1900s, the company has pursued steady diversification. It added consumer products in the 1920s and created a separate division for surgical products in 1941 which became Ethicon. It expanded into pharmaceuticals with the purchase ofMcNeil Laboratories, Inc., Cilag, and Janssen Pharmaceutica, and into women’s sanitary products and toiletries in the 1970s and 1980s. In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has expanded into such diverse areas as biopharmaceuticals, orthopedic devices, and Internet publishing. Recently, Johnson & Johnson has purchased Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare department. The transition from Pfizer to Johnson and Johnson was completed December 18, 2006.
Johnson & Johnson has been consistently named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother.
Along with Gatorade, Johnson & Johnson is one of the founding sponsors of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Headquarters: [“1960s ….We’ll Stay if You’ll Gentrify...”]
The company has historically been located on the Delaware and Raritan Canal in New Brunswick. The company considered moving its headquarters out of New Brunswick in the 1960s, but decided to stay in the town after city officials promised to gentrify downtown New Brunswick by demolishing old buildings and constructing new ones….
In 2010 a group of shareholders sued the Johnson and Johnson management board for failing to take action to prevent serious failings and illegalities since the 1990s, including manufacturing problems, bribing officials, covering up adverse effects and misleading marketing for unapproved uses. The judge initially dismissed the case in September 2011 due to the high standard of evidence required to implicate the board members, but given serious concerns allowed for the plaintiffs to re-submit their case with more particulars. In 2012 Johnson and Johnson proposed a settlement with the shareholders, whereby the company would institute new oversight quality and compliance procedures binding for five years.
Marketing of Risperdal
Juries in several US states have found J&J guilty of hiding what it knew about the adverse effects of its antipsychotic medication Risperdal (chemical name Risperidone), produced by its unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in order to promote it to doctors and patients as better than cheaper generics. Also, Risperdal is used to treat Schizophrenia, but J&J falsely marketed it to nursing home professionals and physicians for treating patients with dementia. States that have awarded damages include Texas ($158 million), South Carolina ($327 million), Louisiana ($258 million), and most notably Arkansas ($1.2 billion) – the Attorney General stated: “These two companies put profits before people, and they are rightfully being held responsible for their actions”; however the drug giant’s share price barely dipped on the announcement.
In addition, the United States Department of Justice has been investigating J&J’s Risperdal sales practices since 2004, and in 2010 joined a whistleblowers suit against the company for illegally marketing Risperdal through Omnicare, the largest company supplying pharmaceutical drugs to nursing homes. The allegations include that J&J were warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to promote Risperdal as effective and safe for elderly patients, when in fact it is associated with early death, but they did so, in that they in fact bribed Omnicare pharmacists tens of millions of dollars to promote the drug to care home physicians for this unapproved use. A settlement has been provisionally agreed upon with J&J of around $2.2 billion, for this and related allegations with Omnicare, having already settled for around $100 million.
Johnson and Johnson have also been subject to congressional investigations over secret payments and misleading ghost written articles given to leading psychiatrists promoting its products, notably Professor Joseph Biederman and his paediatric bipolar disorder research unit, which they privately stated was to “move forward the commercial goals of J.& J.” and “generate and disseminate data supporting the use of risperidone in” children and adolescents.
Jun 17, 2008 – Meet the man who got rich by popularizing bipolar disorder for children. … What Dick Cheney is to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, psychiatrist Joseph Biederman is to the … about Biederman, “He single-handedly put pediatric bipolar disorder on … Biederman (and two of his colleagues in the psychiatry department …
[[THIS pretty well summarizes the situation, above…. Johnson & Johnson of course one of those mentioned.]]
Not mentioned in the summary; This was at Harvard Dept. of Psychiatry? Biederman also has a Massachusetts General Hospital Address:
PEDIATRIC PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Joseph Biederman, M.D. (Program Director), Thomas Spencer, M.D., Tim Wilens, M.D. (Associate Directors), Janet Wozniak, M.D., Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, Ph.D., Larry Seidman, Ph.D., Stephen Faraone, Ph.D., Alysa Doyle, Ph.D., Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., Eric Mick, Sc.D., Robert Doyle, M.D., Ross Greene, Ph.D., Michael Monuteaux, B.A., Mary Ann Johnson, R.N., M.S., F.P.N.P., Louise Cohen, Pharm.D.
The Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Unit seeks to advance the well being of children and families afflicted with mental illness through clinical care education and research. In particular, ongoing controlled studies are currently evaluating the outcome of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in boys, ADHD girls and their siblings, children at risk for anxiety disorder, and methylphenidate treatment for adult ADHD.
(It goes on and on. The studies which aren’t sponsored by NIH, have first, several by “Stanley Foundation” and/or such notables as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Shire….Alza Corporation…)
Use of the Red Cross symbol
Flag of the Red Cross
Further information: Emblems of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
#Use of the emblems
Johnson & Johnson registered the Red Cross as a U.S. trademark for “medicinal and surgical plasters” in 1905 and has used the design since 1887..
The Geneva Conventions, which reserved the Red Cross emblem for specific uses, were first approved in 1864 and ratified by the United States in 1882; however, the emblem was not protected by U.S. law for the use of the American Red Cross and the U.S. military until after Johnson & Johnson had obtained its trademark. A clause in this law (now 18 U.S.C. 706) permits pre-existing uses of the Red Cross, such as Johnson & Johnson’s, to continue.
A declaration made by the U.S. upon its ratification of the 1949 Geneva Conventions includes a reservation that pre-1905 U.S. domestic uses of the Red Cross, such as Johnson & Johnson’s, would remain lawful as long as the cross is not used on “aircraft, vessels, vehicles, buildings or other structures, or upon the ground,” uses which could be confused with its military uses. This means that the U.S. did not agree to any interpretation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions that would overrule Johnson & Johnson’s trademark. Even as it disputes a recent lawsuit by Johnson & Johnson, the American Red Cross continues to recognize the validity of Johnson & Johnson’s trademark.
In August 2007, Johnson & Johnson filed a lawsuit against the American Red Cross (ARC), demanding that the charity halt the use of the red cross symbol on products it sells to the public, though the company takes no issue with the charity’s use of the mark for non-profit purposes. In May 2008, the judge in the case dismissed most of Johnson & Johnson’s claims, and a month later the two organizations announced a settlement had been reached in which both parties would continue to use the symbol.
Boston Scientific lawsuits
Beginning in 2003, Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific have been involved in a series of litigations involving patents covering heart stent medical devices. Both parties claimed that the other had infringed upon their patents. The litigation was settled once Boston Scientific agreed to pay $716 million to Johnson & Johnson in September 2009 and an additional $1.73 billion in February 2010.
Here’s a pdf to “Nazi Hydra in America: The Suppressed History of a Century
Inside this book, which I’ve mentioned before, is a chapter on Corporations>, and how at least some (like, Jefferson) of USA founders understood the dangers they could and would pose. Corporations exist by permit FROM the political jurisdiction they were in, and could’ve and should’ve been more limited in scope (purpose, rather than for “anything”) and possibly duration, thus giving people who do NOT form corporations, but instead choose to, or have to, work for them — at least a fighting chance.
Add to this the income tax on most, and tax-exemption for some, plus the ability to deduct EXPENSES from REVENUES for corporations to reduce what’s taxed — and the lack of that ability to any significant degree for individuals who don’t incorporate — creates the disparity favoring the businesses.
Add to this, corporations can be multinational, multi-jurisdiction within the United States, but while I United States citizens CAN hold other nationality citizen ship (i.e., “dual-citizenship”), WITHIN the United States, one has to reside in a specific state (not two or more) at least legally, to do business (and so as to be taxed) in that state. However this is not true of corporations, including tax-exempt corporations. They can register to do business in all 50 states, legally. Try that with a driver’s license, a marriage license or an individual tax return!
for lack of limitation in time, purpose and scope. I think in this insane behavior by several generations of the Johnsons, we can see a good example why. Rather than solve their own problems, including the problems which relate in part to just not having to WORK for a living in generations II, III, and IV (although obviously many did) and drug addictions, family fights — cutting kids out of the inheritance, in one case (Mary Lea), incest; sexual false imprisonment of an abandoned teenager by a rich socialite (that was her father, that she said molested her from ages 9 to 15), and all kinds of substance abuse —
We need another way to live and do business, other than in the shadows of these multinational corporations and their drug-dealing, lying, stealing, cheating, can’t even get along with themselves, lifestyles.
The Johnson & Johnson wealth poured into political parties (here, Republican) then I happen to know has created a court system which likes to, through welfare reform, lecture the poor about THEIR work ethic, and THEIR family structures?
Isn’t this called “projecting”? We just happen to be the screen — this crowd derived the images from their own social and genetic circles…
C.A. Fitts called it an economic tapeworm. I think she’s right.