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This Man Won $8bn over Breast Growth Court Case

This Man Won bn over Breast Growth Court Case

A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was one of the thousands pending in the state.

His lawyers argued J&J’s subsidiary Janssen put “profits over patients” in marketing the drug Risperdal.

J&J will appeal the ruling, which it said was “grossly disproportionate”.

Professor Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law said he expected the large damages award to be lowered on appeal. 

“A jury, if it’s outrageous enough conduct, will award a big number and let the lawyers and judges work it out,” he said.

In August, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $572m after a judge in Oklahoma ruled that the company contributed to an opioid epidemic in the state by running a “false and dangerous” sales campaign. The firm said it will appeal.

In the Risperdal lawsuit, Mr Murray said he developed breasts after his doctors prescribed the drug in 2003 when they diagnosed him with autism spectrum disorder. 

Risperdal is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but doctors can legally prescribe medicine for any condition they see fit.  

The company said it is confident the ruling will be overturned, and said the court prevented their legal team from presenting “key evidence” on the drug’s labelling.

A jury in 2015 awarded Mr Murray $1.75m after finding the company was negligent in failing to warn consumers of the risks. 

A state appeals court upheld the verdict in last year, but reduced it to $680,000.

Source – BBC

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