Saturday December 7, 2019

Philadelphia Jury Awards $8 Billion in Punitive Damages against Johnson & Johnson

Johnson and Johnson immediately denounced the award after the jury's decision in the Court of Common pleas, saying it's "excessive and unfounded"

0
//
Philadelphia, Jury, Damages
FILE - The Johnson & Johnson logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, May 29, 2019. VOA

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday awarded $8 billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and one if its subsidiaries over a drug the companies made that the plaintiff’s attorneys say is linked to the abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys.

Johnson and Johnson immediately denounced the award after the jury’s decision in the Court of Common pleas, saying it’s “excessive and unfounded” and vowing immediate action to overturn it.

The antipsychotic drug Risperdal is at the center of the lawsuit, with the plaintiff’s attorneys arguing it’s linked to abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys, an incurable condition known as gynecomastia.

Johnson & Johnson used an organized scheme to make billions of dollars while illegally marketing and promoting the drug, attorneys Tom Kline and Jason Itkin said in a statement.

Philadelphia, Jury, Damages
A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday awarded $8 billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and one if its subsidiaries over a drug the companies made. Pixabay

Kline and Itkin said that Johnson & Johnson was “a corporation that valued profits over safety and profits over patients.” Thousands of lawsuits have been filed over the drug, but the attorneys said this was the first in which a jury decided whether to award punitive damages and came up with an amount.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement on its website it was confident that the award would be overturned, calling it “grossly disproportionate” with the initial compensatory damage award and “a clear violation of due process.”

Johnson & Johnson said the court’s exclusion of key evidence left it unable to present a meaningful defense, including what they said was a drug label that “clearly and appropriately outlined the risks associated with the medicine” or Risperdal’s benefits for patients with serious mental illness. They also said the plaintiff’s attorneys failed to present any evidence of actual harm.

Also Read- Three Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their Contributions to Development of Lithium-Ion Batteries

“This decision is inconsistent with multiple determinations outside of Philadelphia regarding the adequacy of the Risperdal labeling, the medicine’s efficacy, and findings in support of the company,” Johnson & Johnson said. “We will be immediately moving to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict.” (VOA)

Next Story

Elon Musk Tells Jury his Net Worth $20bn But is Short on Cash

Last year, he called Unsworth a "child rapist" in an email. Unsworth sued him two months later in a Los Angeles federal court, saying Musk falsely branded him a paedophile and child rapist

0
Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the model
Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model in Hawthorne, California. VOA

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk in the second day of his courtroom appearance as a defendant in a defamation case filed by Vernon Unsworth, a British man, over “pedo guy” tweet, disclosed that his net worth was $20 billion (roughly Rs 1,43,000 crore) but was short on cash.

“People think I have a lot of cash, I actually don’t. I have stock in SpaceX and Tesla, and debt against that,” he said during the trial, Forbes.com reported on Wednesday.

During the first courtroom appearance on Tuesday, Musk had said the “pedo guy” tweet was not meant to be taken literally. He filed a declaration that “pedo guy” was a common insult in South Africa about demeanour and appearances.

Technology Entrepreneur speaking
Elon Musk, a technology entrepreneur. Pixabay

“It’s quite common in the English-speaking world. Calling someone a ‘pedo guy’ means creepy. If you did a search or asked someone what it means it would be a creepy,” he said.

Tesla CEO apologised to the cave diver in the court.

Also Read: 5G is our Top Priority Right Now: Qualcomm

Lawyers for Unsworth argued that Musk was using his social media platform to damage the explorer’s reputation and paint him as a paedophile.

Last year, he called Unsworth a “child rapist” in an email. Unsworth sued him two months later in a Los Angeles federal court, saying Musk falsely branded him a paedophile and child rapist. (IANS)