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.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).