New York, New York (PRWEB) April 04, 2014
As Risperdal lawsuits (http://www.risperdallawsuitcenter.com/ ) continue to mount in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the Arkansas Attorney General has announced his intention to seek the reinstatement of a $1.2 billion Risperdal fine overturned by the state’s Supreme Court last month. According to an April 3rd report from the Associated Press, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told the Arkansas Code Revision Commission on Thursday that he would file a petition asking the Court to revisit the decision.*
According to court records, the $1.2 billion verdict was levied against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit in April 2012, after an Arkansas jury found that the companies had violated state laws governing Medicaid fraud and deceptive trade practice by improperly marketing Risperdal. In overturning the verdict last month, the Supreme Court ruled McDaniel’s office had misapplied the state’s Medicaid fraud law, which a majority of judges said only covers healthcare facilities, and not large pharmaceutical companies. (Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al v. Arkansas, Nos. 12-1058, 13-468)
“Our Firm is representing a number of clients who allege Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or male breast development. These Risperdal lawsuits also make allegations about the drug’s marketing that echo some of those put forth in the Arkansas claim. We will be watching this matter closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal consultations to men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia, or male breast growth, due to their use of Risperdal.
According to court documents, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen have been named in more than 350 Risperdal lawsuits that are currently pending in a consolidated litigation in Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Dozens of these complaints allege that the use of Risperdal caused gynecomastia in men and boys. Among other things, plaintiffs claim that Risperdal was improperly marketed for off-label use in children long before it was approved for pediatric indications in 2006, and that the companies concealed side effects associated with the medication, including the association between Risperdal and gynecomastia. (Risperdal Litigation, case number 100300296)
The Arkansas lawsuit was not the only time questions were raised about the marketing tactics used to drive sales of Risperdal. On November 4, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Johnson & Johnson and Janssen had agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle civil and criminal charges involving the marketing of Risperdal and other medications. Under the terms of the settlement, the drug makers entered a guilty plea to one criminal misdemeanor charge involving the illegal promotion of Risperdal for use in elderly dementia patients. However, they did not admit wrongdoing in resolving civil claims that it improperly marketed Risperdal for use in children. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 04-cv-1529)
Risperdal users who developed gynecomastia may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other injury-related damages. Learn more about filing a Risperdal lawsuit at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free case reviews may also be obtained by calling the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.
*arkansasonline.com/news/2014/apr/03/mcdaniel-ask-court-reconsider-risperdal-ruling/?f=news-arkansas, Associated Press, April 3, 2014
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