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Topamax is a prescription medication produced by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, that was approved by the FDA in 1996 to help prevent migraines. Since approval, over 4 million people have taken Topamax. Unfortunately, an estimated 1.4 percent of infants born to mothers who took Topamax are born with a birth defect. In 2003, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals agreed to a $75 million settlement based on the false claims act, a special federal law that holds companies accountable for defrauding governmental programs. The Topamax lawsuit alleged that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals acted improperly when marketing and promoting their drug. Although the drug producer never admitted guilt, this settlement paved the way for future lawsuits. If you took Topamax while pregnant and your child was born with a birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out your legal options contact an experienced Topamax attorney today.