A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 billion in damages to a 26-year-old Maryland man who says he developed breasts-a condition called gynecomastia-after taking the drug Risperdal as a child, according to The New York Times. The case, brought forth by Nicholas Murray, is one of 13,400 lawsuits related to Risperdal, according to the company's latest SEC filings.
At age 9, Nicholas Murray was prescribed the drug Risperdal for off-label treatment - to address the sleeping troubles associated with his autism.
A year-and-a-half after starting the drug, 'I had bigger boobs than the girls in (high) school, ' Bible told CNN in 2016.
It is also the latest in a series of costly legal setbacks for J&J in a slew of lawsuits alleging injuries from products and other claims.
The status of his suit is unclear.
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A state court jury in Philadelphia Tuesday concluded the Janssen's wrongful marketing of its Risperdal drug to teens warranted the punishment award in the first Pennsylvania case in which such damages could be awarded under an appellate ruling.
Attorneys for Murray alleged the company marketed the drug for unapproved, off-label use in children to increase profits, choosing "billions over children".
Johnson & Johnson immediately denounced the award after the jury's decision in the court of common pleas, saying it was "excessive and unfounded" and vowing immediate action to overturn it.
Another judge later ruled that a jury could award those damages.
Tobias added that the verdict could be a sign that J&J will face more large damages awards in other Risperdal cases. In a statement, the company said it was "precluded from presenting. key evidence".
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In 2013, in one of the largest health care fraud settlements in USA history, the Department of Justice said Risperdal and two other drugs manufactured by Johnson & Johnson were promoted for dementia patients, even though Risperdal was approved only to treat schizophrenia.
A jury in 2015 awarded Murray $1.75 million after finding J&J was negligent in failing to warn of the risk of gynecomastia.
A judge would later reduce the settlement to $680,000.
The firm referenced a 2003 Supreme Court ruling which states punitive damages awards "that are a double-digit multiplier" of the compensatory award should be discarded.
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