New York, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
The Pennsylvania judge overseeing hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits (http://www.risperdallawsuitcenter.com/ ) in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas won’t reconsider his decision to deny punitive damages in cases alleging the medication caused plaintiffs to develop gynecomastia (male breast growth), Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. In an Order dated July 18, 2014, Judge Arnold New also denied a plaintiffs’ request to certify the matter for an immediate appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296)
In May, Judge New had ruled that the New Jersey Product Liability Act would be applied to the Risperdal lawsuits, as the manufacturer of the medication is based in New Jersey. In disallowing punitive damage claims, the Order noted that the Act does not allow punitive damage awards in cases involving medications that were approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
“Our Firm is representing a number of clients who have filed Risperdal gynecomastia claims in this proceeding. It is important that all plaintiffs involved in this litigation understand that this latest decision does not in any way bar them from seeking compensatory damages. Their Risperdal lawsuits will continue to move forward,” 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 Litigation
Court documents indicate that more than 600 Risperdal lawsuits are pending in Pennsylvania, hundreds of which were filed on behalf of men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to the atypical antipsychotic. All of the lawsuits assert that Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit were aware of the alleged association between Risperdal and gynecomastia, but concealed this knowledge from doctors and patients. The companies are also accused of improperly promoting the off-label use of Risperdal in children long before any pediatric indications were approved in 2006.
In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen agreed to pay $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the marketing of Risperdal and other drugs. According to court documents filed in the case, federal prosecutors had alleged that the companies concealed side effects associated with the medication, including an association with elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with breast development and lactation. The Justice Department also accused the companies of improperly marketing Risperdal for pediatric uses. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 04-cv-1529)
Men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to their use of Risperdal may be entitled to file their own claim against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen. To learn more about the possible association between Risperdal and male breast growth, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website. For a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.
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