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$8 Billion Verdict in Drug Lawsuit Is Reduced to $6.8 Million

A Philadelphia judge lowered the damages in a case that claimed Johnson & Johnson played down the risks of an antipsychotic drug.

1/17/2020 11:55:00 PM

In October, a jury said Johnson & Johnson should pay $8 billion over charges it downplayed the effects of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. On Friday, a judge reduced that amount to $6.8 million.

A Philadelphia judge lowered the damages in a case that claimed Johnson & Johnson played down the risks of an antipsychotic drug.

Credit...Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesByJan. 17, 2020,3:37 p.m. ETA Philadelphia judge on Friday slashed a $8 billion jury verdict in a lawsuit over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, reducing the punitive damages to $6.8 million.

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The verdict,in October, was the first to award punitive damages against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. It found that the company had played down the drug’s risks, which could lead to breast growth in boys.The lawsuit was filed by a Maryland man, Nicholas Murray, who sued the company in 2013. He said that he grew breasts — a condition known as gynecomastia — after he began using Risperdal in 2003, at age 9, to treat symptoms of autism. The lawsuit accused Janssen of failing to warn doctors about Risperdal’s risks while improperly marketing it as a treatment for certain mental health disorders in children.

Compensatory damages of $680,000 were already awarded in the case in March 2016.Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr., of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, dismissed other portions of Johnson & Johnson’s post-trial motion. Large jury verdicts are frequently reduced after trial.

In a statement, Andrew Wheatley, a spokesman for the Janssen subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, said the “court has appropriately reduced the excessive punitive damages award,” but said the company would appeal the verdict. “The company was precluded from presenting a meaningful defense due to the court’s exclusion of key evidence.”

Thomas R. Kline, a lawyer who is part of a legal team representing Mr. Murray and more than 10,000 people in similar lawsuits, said “the ruling is wrong and will be appealed.” He said the reduced verdict “provides essentially no punishment for the worst of the worst of corporate misconduct.”

Shortly after the October verdict, Johnson & Johnson asked thatthe judge recuse himselffrom reviewing its post-trial motion, claiming that he had congratulated and given high fives to the jury after the verdict. But the judge refused, disputing that he had given jurors high fives and saying that it was appropriate to congratulate and shake hands with them after a trial.

This is thesecond time in recent monthsthat Johnson & Johnson has had a verdict reduced in a high-profile court case. In November, a judge in Oklahoma acknowledged that he made a mathematical error when calculating the amount that Johnson & Johnson should pay for its role in the state’s opioid crisis. The company instead was asked to pay a new fine of $465 million, down from the $572 million the judge assessed in August.

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Instead, the amount should be increased as well as hit the insulin industry and the authorities that help it to constantly raise insulin levels to extensive harm and death for citizens. That was a large punitive damage award for an individual even at $6.8 million. The plaintiff started taking Risperdal at 9 years old and he had autism and it was given to treat his side effects of autism but had side effect of growing breasts — a condition known as gynecomastia.

Sponsored psychiatry (= all) in symbiosis with sponsored diabetology (= all) means that the life expectancy of those exposed to these activities is 20 years shorter and with significantly more serious medical-related illnesses. Sue these industries and the allowing authorities. d_s_thakur The power of big pharma!

Drug companies being fined is not going to stop their criminality. People need to learn about and start using natural medicine instead of allopathy. Drugs have their uses, but they were supposed to be complementary and alternative to natural medicine. Naturopathy

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