Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen division have agreed to pay $7.8 million to resolve a Risperdal lawsuit filed by the state of Arkansas over tactics the companies allegedly used to market the antipsychotic medication.
Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
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June 9, 2015 – The Arkansas Attorney General moved to dismiss the lawsuit last month as part of the accord, according to court records. The settlement amounts to a small fraction of the $1.2 billion fine J&J and Janssen were assessed in Apr. 2012, after a Pulaski County jury found that the companies had violated state laws governing Medicaid fraud and deceptive trade practice by illegally marketing Risperdal; however, the verdict was later overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The case is: (State of Arkansas v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., CV07-15345).
There are currently more than 1,300 Risperdal lawsuits pending against Janssen and J&J in the Philadelphia Court of Common Please. Plaintiffs allege the companies illegally marketed Risperdal for unapproved uses, and concealed risks including gynecomastia and other serious side effects (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296).
Court records indicate that the Risperdal litigation is currently in the process of a bellwether trial program involving gynecomastia lawsuits. Last week, an undisclosed settlement was reached in the case selected for the 3rd bellwether trial (Case No. 130301812). The 1st trial concluded Feb. 24, with the jury awarding $2.5 million to an autistic man who developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal as a child (Case No. A-196444). The 2nd trial ended Mar. 20, with the jury finding that Risperdal’s warnings about male breast growth were inadequate. However, the plaintiff was not awarded compensation because the jury felt he hadn’t proven conclusively that Risperdal caused his condition (Case No. 130301803). A 4th bellwether trial is set to begin Jun. 22 (Case No. 130401984).
Do I Have a Risperdal Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Risperdal gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Risperdal injury suit and our lawyers can help.