Despite this ruling, plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits will still be able to pursue compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 13, 2014
The Pennsylvania judge overseeing hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits (http://www.risperdallawsuitcenter.com/) in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has granted a defense motion to bar plaintiffs from seeking punitive damages. In an Order issued on May 2, 2014 Judge Arnold New ruled that the New Jersey Product Liability Act, which bars punitive damages in cases that involve medications approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, would apply to the claims. Judge New agreed with the defense assertion that the New Jersey statute should govern the cases because Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the Johnson & Johnson unit that manufacturers Risperdal, is headquartered in the state. (Risperdal Litigation, case number 100300296)
“Our Firm is representing a number of clients in this litigation who allege Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or male breast growth. Despite this ruling, plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits will still be able to pursue compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen,” 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 due to their use of Risperdal.
According to court documents, some 500 Risperdal lawsuits have been filed in the proceeding underway in Pennsylvania on behalf of patients who allegedly suffered gynecomastia and other side effects due to their use of the antipsychotic medication. Among other things, plaintiffs in these lawsuits accuse Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit of concealing side effects associated with the medication, including the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia. Plaintiffs further allege that the companies improperly marketed Risperdal for off-label uses, including the treatment of children long before pediatric indications were approved in 2006.
On November 4, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen had agreed to settle charges that the companies had improperly marketed Risperdal and other medications. The $2.2 billion settlement was one of the largest involving healthcare fraud in U.S. history, according to the Justice Department. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 04-cv-1529)
Alleged victims of Risperdal and gynecomastia may be entitled to compensation from Johnson & Johnson and Janssen. Find out more about Risperdal lawsuits at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free case reviews may also be obtained by calling the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.
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