Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) continued to increase in 2016, including new complaints filed over the antipsychotic Risperdal, a drug which accounts for more than 15,000 pending claims against the company, according to the The Legal Examiner.
Until recently, J&J’s strategy with many of these cases has been to go to trial rather than settle. That’s a tactic that could be taking its toll, as it resulted in some of the largest jury verdicts of 2016. Juries awarded almost $200 million to talcum powder users with ovarian cancer and $1.5 billion to individuals with failing artificial hips. One of the largest single verdicts against the company last year was for $70 million, handed down in July to a young Tennessee boy who claimed that taking Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or the formation of female breast tissue.
J&J and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, could be changing their approach for 2017. On January 9, just three days before another Risperdal case was to go to trial in Philadelphia, J&J agreed to a confidential settlement with the plaintiff, a New York boy who also suffered serious side effects while taking the drug. Court documents show more than 2,000 lawsuits still pending as part of a mass tort litigation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where the $70 million verdict was awarded last year.
J&J should be concerned with a continuous pattern of plaintiffs’ jury verdicts in Philadelphia Risperdal trials. Several additional Risperdal trials are scheduled for the first half of 2017, and more trials involving multiple plaintiff firms are to be set for trial by the end of the year.
Can I File a Risperdal Lawsuit?
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Risperdal.
Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement.
If you or a loved one has used Risperdal and suffered from gynecomastia, you may have legal recourse to collect compensation for surgical expenses, hospital bills, mental anguish and other damages.
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