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Congratulations to Co-lead Counsel Tom Klein and Jason Itkin and the entire plaintiffs’ legal team on a major win against Johnson & Johnson in a case over its drug Risperdal.

Attorneys obtained $8 billion in rarely awarded punitive damages, which are meant to punish a defendant for particularly egregious behavior, to a man who previously won $680,000 in compensation. They successfully showed that J&J illegally marketed the antipsychotic medication, which is linked to gynecomastia, or abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys.

The Philadelphia jury’s verdict is not only a victory for plaintiff Nicholas Murray, but also for the thousands of people with pending cases. It is the first case in which a Pennsylvania jury had been able to consider awarding punitive damages.

 

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