ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Risperdal award amounts continue to vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and from plaintiff to plaintiff despite the allegations and injuries in many of the cases being extremely similar.
Recent rulings by federal judges in Missouri and Michigan also vary on whether they benefit the manufacturers of Risperdal or the quickly growing group of plaintiffs.
Judge Finds No Fraudulent Misjoinder in Missouri Risperdal Case
A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District has remanded a Risperdal action back to the Missouri state court after finding that there was no fraudulent misjoinder in the action against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The judge ultimately found that the different plaintiffs could join the action because their claims were related to the same transaction or occurrence. Permitting the joinder of more plaintiffs should make it easier for plaintiffs who have been injured by the negative effects of Risperdal to file a claim more efficiently.
Federal Judge Dismisses RICO Claims in Michigan Risperdal Lawsuit
The Michigan judge in this case found that the plaintiff could not bring a RICO claim because his Risperdal prescription had been paid for by his insurance company, so he did not meet the RICO requirement of “injury in business or property.” The RICO Act, or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, is a federal act that was enacted in an attempt to eliminate organized crime by making it easier to prosecute it. Because the RICO claim was dismissed after the judge found that the plaintiff did not have standing, it is impossible to say how the judge would have ruled on the merits of the RICO claim or if similar RICO claims will be held valid in similar cases.
In addition to these rulings, judges and juries have also been split on how to award damages in similar Risperdal settlements. Many other lawsuits have been filed against the Risperdal manufacturers, alleging that they knew about the serious side effects of their antipsychotic drug, including the likelihood of it causing male breast development in teens, but they still marketed it for off-label use to children. While some cases have resulted in $0 awards, others have resulted in the plaintiff being awarded millions of dollars for injuries. With such varying results, it will be interesting to see how the more than 1,300 Risperdal lawsuits that are currently pending will pan out.
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