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Why J&J Is in Bankruptcy Court Even Though It’s Not Bankrupt (Correct)

Nov. 10, 2021, 10:19 PM

Johnson & Johnson is among the wealthiest and most successful businesses on the planet. With a stock market value of about $430 billion, it’s one of 30 constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The health-care and consumer-products giant holds about $25 billion in cash, and it’s one of just two companies with a perfect credit rating from both S&P and Moody’s. Which is why it’s so unusual that it decided to lean on the protection of a federal bankruptcy court in Charlotte.

J&J itself isn’t bankrupt—instead, it has split off a new unit essentially designed to go broke paying ...