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Judge Decides on $6.8 Million in Punitive Damages for Risperdal Victim

Judge Decides on $6.8 Million in Punitive Damages for Risperdal Victim

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, has come under fire for the deceptive marketing of their antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Maryland resident, Nicholas Murray, sued Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2013, claiming he developed a condition called gynecomastia after he began using the drug in 2003 as a treatment for autism. Murray’s case focuses on the claim that the company failed to warn doctors of the potential side effects of Risperdal, such as gynecomastia, which can lead to the development of male breast tissue.

Breakdown of Murray’s Compensation Award

Originally, Murray was awarded $680,000 in compensatory damages for the suit he brought in March of 2016; later in October 2019, a jury decided to award an additional $8 billion in punitive damages for the grossly irresponsible corporate misconduct displayed by Johnson & Johnson. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge reviewed the jury’s decision and decided instead to award only $6.8 million in punitive damages to Murray. Judge Kenneth J. Powell, who presided over the case, did not provide reasoning for the reduction in damages, though it is common practice for large jury verdicts to be reduced by judges post-trial.

Thousands of similar cases are being brought against the Janssen Pharmaceuticals, for instances of irresponsible marketing resulting in unwanted physical and psychological side effects.

A Dangerous Drugs Lawyer Could Help

If you or someone you love is the victim of the side effects of dangerous drugs, it is important that you seek effective legal counsel immediately. The legal team at Whitley Law firm is experienced in representing victims who have been injured by Risperdal and other dangerous prescription drugs. Our compassionate attorneys have the resources available to help you pursue the claim for damages that you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys to discuss the possibility of pursuing a dangerous drug claim or lawsuit.