Risperdal Lawsuit News: Pennsylvania Judge Overseeing Risperdal Gynecomastia Litigation Asked to Reinstate Punitive Damage Claims, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

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The Firm is representing numerous clients in Risperdal lawsuits, all of whom allegedly developed gynecomastia (male breast growth) due to their use of the atypical antipsychotic medication.

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Our Firm is representing a number of clients who have filed Risperdal lawsuits in this proceeding, and we look forward to a decision in this matter.

Plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits (http://www.risperdallawsuitcenter.com/) who allegedly developed gynecomastia (male breast growth) due to their use of the atypical antipsychotic have asked a Pennsylvania state court judge to reinstate their punitive damage claims. On May 2nd, Judge Arnold New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas barred plaintiffs in Risperdal gynecomastia claims from seeking punitive damages after determining that New Jersey’s Products Liability Act should apply to cases because Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Risperdal, is headquartered in that state. The New Jersey law precludes punitive damages in cases involving medications that were approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (Risperdal Litigation, case number 100300296)

In a Motion for Reconsideration filed on June 2nd, plaintiffs suggest that the law of the state were a plaintiff was prescribed and treated with Risperdal may have a greater bearing on the issue of punitive damages. The Motion urges Judge New to allow the question to be decided on a case-by-case basis. Alternatively, plaintiffs ask that the judge declare his initial Order final and appealable, and certify it for interlocutory appeal.

“Our Firm is representing a number of clients who have filed Risperdal lawsuits in this proceeding, and we look forward to a decision in this matter. However, it is important to note that regardless of the outcome, plaintiffs who allegedly developed gynecomastia from Risperdal will still be able to pursue compensatory damages against Janssen and other defendants,” 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.

Risperdal Gynecomastia Allegations
According to court documents, more than 500 Risperdal lawsuits are pending before Judge New in the Pennsylvania Mass Tort proceeding, all of which allege use of the medication caused plaintiffs to suffer serious complications, including gynecomastia. Those involving male breast growth allege that the medication can cause the body to produce excessive amounts of prolactin, a hormone which is known to stimulate breast growth and milk production in women, as well as the development of excess breast tissue in male patients. Among other things, Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit are accused of concealing the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia. Plaintiffs further allege that the defendants improperly marketed Risperdal for off-label uses, including the treatment of children long before pediatric indications were approved in 2006.

In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle allegations brought against them by the U.S. Department of Justice over the marketing of Risperdal and other medications. Among other things, the government had charged the companies with improperly marketing Risperdal for use in children, and further alleged that they had concealed the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia, as well as other side effects. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 04-cv-1529)

Men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia from Risperdal may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Learn more about filing a Risperdal lawsuit by visiting 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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