Risperdal Lawsuit Selected as Pennsylvania’s Third Bellwether Gynecomastia Case Settles Hours Before Trial

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Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing Risperdal lawsuit plaintiffs in the same Pennsylvania litigation, all of whom have put forth similar allegations regarding the medication’s association with male breast growth. Bellwether cases, like the one that just settled in this litigation, are designed to provide insight into possible outcomes of cases alleging similar injuries.

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We look forward to further bellwether trials, as they may provide valuable insight into how juries could rule in similar claims involving Risperdal and male breast growth.

Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit have reached a confidential Risperdal lawsuit (http://www.risperdallawsuit2014.com/) settlement with a California plaintiff who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to his use of the antipsychotic medication. According to court documents, the case had been selected for the third bellwether trial to involve male breast growth allegations in a mass tort litigation underway in Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where more than 1,300 Risperdal claims have been filed. The case was settled on May 28th, just hours before the parties were to present their opening statements. (Case No. 130301812)

“While this settlement is good news for this plaintiff, the litigation involving Risperdal is far from over. Our Firm is representing Risperdal lawsuit plaintiffs in this proceeding who are also alleged to have developed gynecomastia as a result of treatment with this medication. We look forward to further bellwether trials, as they may provide valuable insight into how juries could rule in similar claims involving Risperdal and male breast growth,” said Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to provide Risperdal lawsuit consultations to men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to their use of the medication.

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According to court documents, gynecomastia is a condition marked by excessive male breast development. Many of the plaintiffs pursuing such claims in the Pennsylvania Risperdal litigation are alleged to have experienced breast growth severe enough to warrant mastectomy or other surgical intervention to remove excess breast tissue. Their lawsuits accuse Johnson & Johnson and Janssen of concealing information about the drug’s effect on prolactin, a hormone that plays a role in female breast development and lactation. Plaintiffs further allege that the companies improperly marketed Risperdal for off-label uses, including a number of pediatric indications that were not granted regulatory approval until 2006. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296)

Court records indicate that two Risperdal bellwether trials have concluded this year in the Pennsylvania litigation, both of which involved gynecomastia allegations. The first trial ended on February 24th, with the jury awarding $2.5 million to an autistic man who experienced excessive breast growth after taking Risperdal as a child. (Case No. A-196444) The second trial concluded on March 20th, with the jury finding that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen’s warnings about male breast growth were inadequate. However, the plaintiff was not awarded any monetary damages because the panel concluded that he had not proven that Risperdal caused his condition. (Case No. 130301803)

According to court documents, Pennsylvania’s next bellwether trial is scheduled to begin on June 22nd. The Risperdal lawsuit selected for that trial was filed on behalf of a Wisconsin man who is also alleged to have developed gynecomastia due to treatment with the medication. (Case No. 130401984)

Risperdal patients who allegedly developed gynecomastia connected with its use may be eligible to file their own lawsuit. To learn more about the ongoing Risperdal litigation, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP for a free case review by visiting the Firm’s website, or by calling 800-511-5092.

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