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$2.5 million verdict over Risperdal side effects stands


A $2.5 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals involving claims the company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an autistic boy to grow female breasts will stand, a Philadelphia judge ruled. Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy I. Djerassi rejected the drug company’s bid for a new trial based on claims that allowing a new expert in the bellwether trial had left Janssen’s attorneys unprepared for the new testimony. The drug company also argued that the $2.5 million verdict was excessive because it relied on the plaintiff’s mother’s accounts of her son’s experiences after growing breasts. Djerassi ... Read More

Mistrust in J&J leads parents to choose alternatives for baby care products

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The Post and Courier reports that the recent verdicts against Johnson & Johnson have stimulated growth in the organic baby care industry. More parents are seeking out alternative baby care products, the article states. Many are willing to pay higher prices for products that aren’t made by the big corporations like Johnson and Johnson, buying instead, for example, from The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba, which sold $10 million worth of products during its first year and in three years was valued at $1 billion. Johnson and Johnson is losing parents’ trust more and more. “Johnson & Johnson has been ... Read More

First Xarelto lawsuits planned for 2017


Forty lawsuits among hundreds filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare alleging serious bleeding risks with the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto have been selected to be part of the bellwether poll, with the first two lawsuits scheduled to begin in early 2017. Attorneys for both the plaintiffs and defendants were charged with identifying 20 cases, with each side permitted to choose 10. The Court added another 20 cases that were randomly chosen based on eligibility requirements. The bellwether approach is often used in situations such as the Xarelto lawsuits, where there are a large number of plaintiffs pursuing ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson litigation: Is talc the next asbestos?

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In the wake of last week’s huge legal defeat for Johnson & Johnson, the second this year alleging that the company’s iconic product, talc-containing Baby Powder, causes ovarian cancer, Law360 assessed the current climate in the talc ovarian cancer litigation and asked various experts to make predictions. The publication reports that experts say the true significance of these huge verdicts, the first a $72 million verdict in February and then a $55 million verdict May 2, both in favor of the plaintiffs, has yet to be determined. Johnson & Johnson has said that it will appeal both verdicts. Russell J. Jackson, an adjunct professor who teaches product liability ... Read More

New Orleans Company And Owner Convicted On 18 Charges of Medicare Fraud

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A New Orleans federal jury convicted the owner of a health care company Saturday for orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare through false and inflated billings and illegal kickbacks. Federal prosecutors alleged that Tracy Richardson Brown, 46, owner and operator of a durable medical equipment supply company called Pslams 23 DME LLC, cost U.S. taxpayers $1.9 million in fraudulent schemes she conducted in and around New Orleans. U.S. attorneys produced evidence that Ms. Brown and her company billed the Medicare program for medical equipment and orthotics that they never provided to patients. The U.S. also alleged that Ms.  Brown and ... Read More

Settlement reached in da Vinci robot lawsuit


Intuitive Surgical Inc., has reached a settlement agreement in a $30 million lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed the company’s medical robot called the da Vinci robot, used to assist with her hysterectomy procedure tore a hole in her vaginal wall, causing her bowels to fall out of her body. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but plaintiff Michelle Zarick was seeking more than $43,000 in medical expenses, $5 million to $10 million in past pain and suffering, and $10 million to $20 million for future pain and suffering. Zarick had requested $300 million in pretrial hearings. The ... Read More

Snooki and diet pill maker face false advertising claims


Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and the little-known diet pill maker that hired her as a spokesperson are fighting to have a judge dismiss a false advertising lawsuit that alleges the weight loss product is not safe or effective. Putative class action lawsuits were filed in December 2013 by Ashley Brady and Stephanie Dalli Cardillo, who claimed that they were deceived by Polizzi to buy Zantrex weight loss products, including Zantrex-3 high-energy fat burner and Zantrax-2 power crystals, but the products did not suppress their appetites or help them lose weight. Their lawsuit names Polizzi, Utah-based dietary supplement maker Basic ... Read More

Spokeswoman for 3M Says Lawsuits Against Bair Hugger are Due to “Bad Science”

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3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger device used during surgeries to keep patients’ temperatures regulated, claims that the lawsuits against it regarding infection linked to the single-use blankets are based on “bad science.” In an article by Star Tribune, 3M spokeswoman Donna Fleming Runyon said, “3M will vigorously defend the product and the science against these unwarranted lawsuits.” She also added, “We think it’s unfortunate that the plaintiffs’ attorneys are using bad science to blame their clients’ infections on a device that has helped so many people.” The Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket is used in four out of five hospitals ... Read More

J&J Talc trial getting underway this week is being watched intently

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Courtroom View Network (CVN) has announced that it will begin webcasting plaintiff Gloria Ristesund’s talc trial against Johnson & Johnson that began this Monday in Missouri as soon as opening statements begin, which should be later this week. This trial is being watched intently, as just two months ago in the same St. Louis court a jury found the world’s leading pharmaceutical company guilty of negligence, conspiracy and fraud and awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $62 million in punitive damages and $10 million in compensatory damages. Ms. Fox died of ovarian cancer just a few months before her trial began and ... Read More

GM Settles Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Case Ahead of Trial

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General Motors (GM) has settled the third of six lawsuits picked to be tried as bellwether cases for deaths and injuries stemming from its defective ignition switches, which put millions of its vehicles at risk of suddenly losing power and crashing without airbag protection. GM’s lawyers filed a letter in federal court in Manhattan Thursday saying it had entered into a confidential settlement with plaintiff Nadia Yingling, who sued the automaker in 2013 after her husband James was killed when his 2006 Saturn Ion lost power and crashed on a Pennsylvania highway. Ms. Yingling’s case had been set to go ... Read More