DOJ Joins Plaintiffs in Opioid Lawsuit

Late last month Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would be joining the efforts to combat the deadly opioid crisis gripping America.  The Justice Department, under the guidance of Sessions, has designated a task force to track opioid producers who have been flooding the markets.  The Department of Justice Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force would use civil and criminal penalties to go after opioid manufacturers that violate the law.  Sessions appointed federal prosecutor Mary Daly to oversee opioid enforcement.


Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Opioid Litigation

Sessions also stated that the Justice Department would be filing a “statement of interest” in an Ohio lawsuit currently filed against opioid makers.  According to a recent article in the New York Times, the lawsuit goes after manufacturers and distributors of opioids who have used “false, deceptive and unfair marketing of opioid drugs.”  The statement of interest does not make the Justice Department a party to the lawsuit, but it could hold some persuasive power.

The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit out of the Federal District Court in Cleveland.  Sessions has joined attorneys general from seven states to combat the national epidemic which is believed to have cost more than $4 billion from the federal Medicare program.  Over 400 complaints were consolidated out of the Ohio courthouse.  US District Court Judge Dan Polster is overseeing the MDL.  Many believe it could result in a substantial settlement not seen since the tobacco company payouts in 1998.  The settlement included a $206 billion payout over the first 25 years of the agreement by the four largest tobacco companies: Phillip Morris Inc., R. J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard.[1]


History of the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is nothing new in America, what is new is the number of people who have access to the drugs such as oxycodone and fentanyl.  More alarming is the ease at which doctors were prescribing the potentially life-threatening drugs.  Plaintiffs argue that manufacturers misled consumers and doctors about the risk of abuse, addiction, the risk of overdose and death.  It is believed that opioid overdoses were responsible for the deaths of 64,000 people.  Aggressive marketing by Purdue Pharma and other drug manufacturers leads to a massive jump in the number of doctors prescribing opioid painkillers and a huge increase in the number of people who die from an opioid overdose.  According to the Attorney General, 180 Americans die every day from drug overdoses.[2]


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Online Reviews: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

picThe real cost of getting client reviews

Online reviews are an essential component of any digital marketing campaign.  Positive client reviews create what is known as social proof.  Social proof or informational social influence “is a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others reflect correct behavior for a given situation.”  The idea is that if something has been accepted or liked by others, then more people will be motivated to use that product, try that business or use that service.  In addition to reviews, social proof can be offered by trusted industry leaders recommending a service or product, testimonials or even social media followers.  A large percentage of people go to yelp before trying a new restaurant.  Consumers regularly rely on google reviews before purchasing a product.  It can be tempting to solicit positive reviews by whatever means necessary.  The problem is that it could get you in big trouble.


Client Reviews: The Good

As we mentioned, client reviews offer social proof that your business is well-liked and that you are good at what you do.  As attorneys, word-of-mouth has been an essential component to getting new clients.  You do good work for your client; they tell others, you get new clients.  Enter the digital world and an ultra-competitive market.  Word-of-mouth referrals are no longer enough to keep most firms afloat.  You must have a robust online presence and a comprehensive digital marketing campaign to compete.  Even if you are getting old school word-of-mouth referrals, those prospective clients are still going online.  The original personal recommendation may have gotten them to your website, but the social proof will be what makes them give you a call.


Online Reviews: The Bad

When asking clients to leave reviews, or even when you don’t ask, you run the risk of receiving a negative review.  It could be a legitimate client who feels that you performed less-than-adequate work for them.  It could be a competitor (which brings a whole other set of ethical concerns).  It could even be a disgruntled ex-employee or girlfriend or anybody with a keyboard.  The internet offers anonymity and while review sites such as Yelp, AVVO and Google are working hard to stop fake reviews, they still exist.  If you do receive a negative review, you need to take steps to address it.  Responding immediately out of frustration or anger is never a good idea, but you do want to take time to issue a rational response.  If you feel that an actual client did not leave the review, you can petition the site to have it removed.


And Now… The Ugly

Attorneys have to be very careful when dealing with online reviews.  There are definite ethical considerations in soliciting client reviews that can not only get your highly sought after positive reviews removed from a review website but can also get you in hot water with the state bar association.  Most Rules on Professional Conduct prohibit offering any money in exchange for reviews or endorsements unless it is marked as a “paid” endorsement.  Some ban it altogether.  Review sites have started to take action as well.  Google recently removed nearly 100 positive reviews solicited from an attorney who offered free zoo tickets as an incentive.


That being said – we in no way want to discourage you from getting online reviews.  They are an essential part of your online footprint.  They can serve a crucial role in getting new clients and are a great way to establish your firm as an industry leader.  We only caution against an all-or-nothing strategy.  Do good work, have a reliable system for closing out case files and asking for reviews.  The rest is easy.  Well, not easy, but worth the effort.



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Pennsylvania Superior Court Remands Risperdal Verdict to Lower Court to consider New Trial on Punitive Damages

pic2The third Risperdal case to go to trial has been remanded to the trial court to consider whether there should be a new trial.  At question is whether to apply punitive damages to the verdict.  The case, Murray v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals originally rendered a $1.75 million verdict.  The amount was later reduced to $680,000 by the trial court after Janssen moved for a modification of the verdict.  The modification of the damages was granted when the trial court applied Maryland’s cap on noneconomic damages.


The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the trial court’s reduction of the verdict but sent the case back to the trial court to consider punitive damages.  In a previous case, the court had decided that Risperdal plaintiffs should be able to seek and recover punitive damages.  The trial court must now decide whether to apply the substantive law or New Jersey or Maryland.  New Jersey law strictly prohibits recovery of punitive damages in products liability cases.  Maryland law, however, allows for a plaintiff to recover punitive damages or those damages designed to punish the defendant’s conduct.


History of Risperdal Cases

In 1994, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Risperdal to treat schizophrenia in adults.  In June 2006, a study linked use of the drug with an increased likelihood of male breast growth, a condition known as gynecomastia.  Despite this study, the FDA approved the drug for treatment of schizophrenia in boys between the ages of 13 and 17 years old.  The drug was also approved to treat bipolar disorder in children between the ages of 10 and 17.  By September of 2012, over 400 lawsuits are filed against manufacturers of Risperdal.  At least 130 of these cases involve plaintiffs who have suffered from gynecomastia.  Today there are over 5500 Risperdal lawsuits pending in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.


In the matter of Pledger v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals the jury awarded the plaintiff $2.5 million after testimony that 21-year-old Austin Pledger had developed 46DD breasts as a result of taking Risperdal at the age of 12.  The jury found that Janssen Pharmaceuticals was negligent and failed to provide adequate warnings to Pledger’s physician about the risk of gynecomastia.


In the matter of Yount v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the jury awarded a $76.6 million judgment. The jury found that Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Janssen did “intentionally falsify, destroy or conceal records containing material evidence in the case.” Other plaintiffs have received jury awards from $500,000 to $1 million. Johnson and Johnson have agreed to confidential settlements in some other cases.


Risperdal litigation is still ongoing.  Thousands of people have been affected by this drug and others.  Amicus Media Group is dedicated to bringing you the latest information on Risperdal lawsuits, mass torts, class action lawsuits and products liability litigation.  We provide comprehensive legal marketing services for attorneys practicing in these fields.  Contact us today for more information.


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Devastating Wildfires Spur Legislative Action

Why insurance can be your adversary after a natural disaster

The news was plagued with images of Hell on Earth as fires ripped through Northern and Southern California.  The fires were relentless, leaving smoking chimneys as the only remnants of multi-million dollar homes.  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reportsThe devastation is utterly unfathomable.  Many wildfire victims had only minutes to evacuate their homes losing everything but the clothes on their back and few mementos they could grab before leaving.  As the dust begins to settle for those greatest affected by this destruction, the reality hits that those who are supposed to make you whole again may not have your best interest in mind.


California Lawmakers take Action

Eight bills have been submitted to California legislators regarding insurance companies’ relationship with victims.  Legislators were flooded with phone calls from citizens who were being inundated with misinformation and the inability to recover money to rebuild their homes.  Insurance adjusters told many that they did not have enough insurance to cover rebuilding.  Some were given false information about their rights after a total loss of their residence.  Complaints about out-of-state adjusters not knowing California law filled the phone lines.  Many of the bills focus on requiring insurance companies to cover full replacement costs and would make it difficult for insurers to cancel policies or reduce coverage in areas at highest risk for wildfires.

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times follows several wildfire victims who have lost everything and are now in battles with their insurance companies to get recovery.  The insurance companies have become their adversary, giving out false information about their coverage including their rights to recovery.  According to a lawsuit filed by the victims, adjusters flooded in from out-of-state, “most failed to register, worked unsupervised and did not know California law.”


Adjusters put on Notice

Complaints from survivors prompted California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to issue a formal notice.  In the statement, Jones stated “all claims adjusters assigned to wildfire claims, including those not licensed in California, are properly trained on the California Unfair Practices Act, Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations and all laws relating to property and casualty insurance claims handling.

The Commissioner pointed out that many survivors of the wildfires were told blatantly false statements, including:

  • Incorrect time frames – survivors were told that they had only 6 -12 months to collect full replacement cost to rebuild when California law requires that they are given at least 24 months in a state of emergency.
  • Incorrect rebuilding location recovery – policyholders were told that they would be unable to receive full replacement benefits if they did not rebuild in the same location. California law allows for a survivor to rebuild in a new location or choose a home that is already built.
  • Incorrect living expense coverage – claimants were informed that their living expense would only be allocated for 12 months when California law allows up to 24 months after a state of emergency.


How Attorneys Can Help

Given the frustrating state of affairs and the slow legislative process, the best advice for anyone affected by a natural disaster is to contact an attorney.  The interests of a policyholder and their insurance company are naturally at odds.  The conflict comes down to financial interests.  The more that the insurance company has to pay out, the less they make in profits.  An attorney can help you understand your rights.  They can help you negotiate your claim and fight for what you deserve.  Unfortunately, your adjuster may not be giving you accurate information.  The California Department of Insurance found that many adjusters did not know California law after a state of emergency is declared by an official.  Many were poorly trained and gave false information about policyholder benefits.  An attorney will fight to make you whole again and will not rest until you get the recovery that you deserve.


If you or a loved one has been affected by the recent wildfires contact Amicus Media Group immediately.  We work with attorneys from across California that can help you understand your rights and get you the recovery you deserve.


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Opioid Crisis causes Purdue to stop marketing OxyContin to Prescribers

picThe US Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose.[1]  These opioids include OxyContin made by Purdue Pharmaceuticals.  In response to the growing crisis that is affecting nearly every sector of the population, Purdue announced that it will no longer be marketing to doctors.  The company has reduced its sales team and is restructuring their focus from direct, in-person marketing to physicians to helping to combat the crisis.


How Prescription Pain Pills became a leading cause of death in America

Opioid overdose is nothing new.  Opioids include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Hydrocodone, but also include opiates such as morphine and heroin.  Overdose from opiates has happened throughout time, but the huge increase over the last two decades can be directly related to the increase in sales of prescription pain killers.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 40% of all opioid overdoses were due to prescription opioids.  The overall number of deaths from opioid overdoses increased five times since 1999.[2] Doctors were told that the prescription pain killers being given to patients were not addictive.  Aggressive, direct-marketing to doctors by pharma giants Purdue and others, led to a large increase in prescriptions and, in turn, a large increase in the number of patients who became addicted to these substances.

Documents from cases settled regarding the misleading information distributed by sales representatives for the pain killers indicates that employees were told to minimize the addictive quality of the drugs.  Major sales tactics began almost immediately after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in 1996.  Sales of the drugs quickly drew into the billions for pharmaceutical giants manufacturing the drugs.


Future Problems for Prescription Pain Killers

The opioid epidemic has affected millions of people all across the United States.  It has captured national headlines and gotten the attention of local representatives as well as politicians across the nation.  Pressure is mounting against pain killer manufacturers that misled doctors and consumers about the addictive quality of the drugs and presented information that was not backed by scientific data.  Purdue has already paid out millions.  In 2007, the company entered a guilty plea for “misbranding” the drug.  The company took an uncompromising approach to selling OxyContin directly to physicians claiming that the time-release feature of the drug would prevent misuse of the drug and reduced the potential for addiction.  [3]

Government agencies, consumers and others have begun filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.  A federal judge overseeing more than 200 lawsuits regarding the epidemic urged the focus to be to “dramatically reduce the number of opioids that are being disseminated, manufactured and distributed.” [4]  Purdue in a complete reversal has agreed to join these efforts by stopping the promotion of OxyContin to doctors and find ways to fight misuse and overdosing.

Are you an attorney interested in representing individuals afflicted by the opioid crisis?  Now is the time to get involved.  Opioid litigation is heating up and too many individuals have suffered at the hand of drug manufacturers and distributors.  Amicus Media Group can help you acquire cases with comprehensive media campaigns.  We work with digital marketing campaigns, TV and radio ads to help you get the cases you deserve.  Contact us for more information today.



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Johnson & Johnson stock falls as Talc cases proceed in court

Johnson & Johnson’s stock fell five percent on a recent Monday alone.  The market decline comes after a report was released that could expose documents detrimental to the company.  Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits regarding its baby powder.  Many claim that the Talc powder manufactured by J&J contains asbestos causing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in some patients.


Johnson & Johnson has repeatedly denied that the product contains these products.  This comes after several verdicts against the pharmaceutical giant.  Baby powder is considered a cosmetic and therefore does not require the same US Food and Drug Administration testing as prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  Currently there are over 5,500 lawsuits pending against the drug company regarding their baby powder.  The company continues to defend its product saying that the Talcum powder contained in the product is safe.


The lawsuits hinge on the argument that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the risk of repeatedly applying the talc-based product to their body, particularly the increased risk of ovarian cancer when talc is applied to the genital area.  Record verdicts have been returned in some of the first talcum powder cases to go to trial.  In one California case, a plaintiff was awarded $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.  A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has since reversed the jury’s verdict.  A new trial is pending in the matter at Johnson & Johnson’s request.


The debate over the safety of talcum powder has existed since the 1970s.  To date, the matter has not been definitively settled.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talc-powder, when repeatedly applied to the genital area, as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”  Some talc-based products manufactured by other companies contain a warning about the possible link to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.  Johnson & Johnson, however, maintains that its product is safe and free from harm even with repeated use.


If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after repeated use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, you need to speak to an attorney immediately.  Call our offices today to speak to a knowledgeable case manager.  We work with the top firms across the nation who handle talcum powder litigation.  Amicus Media Group provides comprehensive marketing campaigns for attorneys and law firms.  We are dedicated to providing case acquisition with less risk.  Contact our offices today to learn more about talcum powder litigation and the pending lawsuits against drug manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson.

Tips for Young Lawyers: How to Find your Way in a Crowded Arena

picYoung lawyers can face some uphill battles out of law school.  The dream of defending the innocent, prosecuting the guilty or triumphing for the little guy is quickly overshadowed by the crowded practice of law.  Recent articles such as Huffpost’s “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Lawyers” and CBS News “5  Reasons Not to Get a Law Degree” don’t help the cause.  They point out the high cost of law school, low number of jobs and high level of unemployment.   According to the State Bar of California there are currently 191,334 actively practicing law in the state.  That is a lot of competition for one area.  So, now that you have graduated law school and passed arguably one of the hardest bar exams in the nation, what do you do when faced with these seemingly insurmountable obstacles?


Easy, you buckle down.  Dig in your heels and fight to be the best damn lawyer you can.  You take everything that you learned inside and outside of law school and apply it to becoming an irreplaceable member at your firm.  You learn to network and, deep breath, sell yourself.  You listen and learn from others who have been there and done that.  It may seem like a daunting task, but these tips will help you get there.


  1. Get an Elevator Speech.


An elevator speech is a short sales pitch.  In your case, the thing you are selling is you.  Generally, your pitch should be around 30 seconds to two minutes.  You need to be able to market yourself to other attorneys, potential clients and other networking potentials in a short amount of time.  In a crowded field you need to stand out, but not sound disingenuous.  Promoting yourself does not have to sound like a used car salesman.  Use this technique in every aspect of your life.  The ability to sell will help you persuade judges, juries, potential clients and other attorneys to agree with you.


  1. Love what you do.


Enthusiasm goes a long way.  It may not be easy right out of law school to practice something you are passionate about.  You are likely leaving with a large amount of debt and you have bills to pay.  But the quicker you know what you love and start practicing something you are passionate about or working for clients that you truly care about the easier it will be to set yourself apart and to sell yourself.  Great sales people know the importance of passion, find your passion.


  1. Get Invested.


Get invested in what you do, the people you work with and the people you work for.  Get emotionally involved in every aspect of your work.  It will show, and it will pay off.  Find a mentor to learn from.  Choose someone who truly cares and who is willing to invest in you.  You want honest feedback and you need someone to help you overcome challenges and celebrate victories.  Find someone who you aspire to be like, but who is also something like you. Find someone who has some of the same characteristics and traits that you have and that will champion you whenever you aren’t around.


  1. Never stop learning.


The State Bar requires you to be constantly learning and growing as an attorney, but you need to do more than just the obligatory Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). You should never stop honing your skills.  You should become an expert in your field.  Once you have mastered a topic, try to get on a speaking circuit.  Speak at local bar associations and conferences.  Seek out people who do what you do better and learn from them.  After you have been practicing for a few years go back to the basics and write a few motions.  Work on your argument techniques.  Attend training classes and webinars.  Watch other attorneys.  Become the best attorney that you possibly can and people will take notice.  People always take notice of the athlete that is first on the field and last to leave.


  1. Consider your reputation.


No matter who you are, no matter where you work, you should always be networking.  Burning bridges will never get you ahead in the field of law.  While there are a lot of lawyers, the community is pretty close knit.  You will run into your classmates from law school.  You may be opposing counsel, you may attend the same conferences, you may even be competing for the same job.  You never want to leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth because word gets around quickly.  A bad reputation can ruin even a good attorney.  Look at every opportunity as a networking possibility.  Be the person that people think of when they want to refer a case or recommend a potential client.  Be the person at the firm that is respected, not trashed behind closed doors.


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Amicus Group to Attend AAJ Winter Convention in Maui

Amicus Media Group and Amicus Capital Group will proudly be attending the upcoming AAJ 2018 Winter Convention in Maui February 3 – 6.  The American Association for Justice convention will be held in the picturesque Grand Wailea Resort.  Set in paradise the 4-day event will cover a wide range of topics including trucking litigation, admiralty law, asbestos litigation, family law, nursing home litigation, E-Discovery and numerous other topics.  The conference is designed by plaintiff’s lawyers and put on for plaintiff’s lawyers.  Speakers from across the nation put on cutting-edge topics with the newest litigation strategies.  Each day is broken down into specialized and advocacy tracks that help attorneys focus on a particular area of the law or litigation strategy.  Some highlights of the conference include a specialized track on “Responding to the Opioid Crisis,” “Building Credibility in a “Fake News” Environment” and “Traumatic Brain Injury Trilogy: Techniques.”


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Amp up your LinkedIn Profile with these 10 Tips for Lawyers

The new year is approaching fast and amidst the last-minute holiday shopping, you can be thinking of your professional goals for 2018.  One of the best networking sources available is LinkedIn.  Unlike other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is geared towards professionals, which makes it ideal for lawyers.  It connects you with people that you may know through your course of business or other connections.  Utilizing everything that LinkedIn has to offer can be extremely beneficial to your 2018 professional goals.  Here are 10 tips for taking your LinkedIn profile to the next level:


  1. Grow your connections. Send personal invitations to people you may know and tell them how you know them.  Conventions and conferences are a great way to network and then connect via LinkedIn.  You may be surprised at how many people know each other within your circles.  Connections on LinkedIn are also great referral sources.  Seek out attorneys that work in other fields than you practice and refer out cases outside of your field.
  2. Use the Profile Strength Meter. LinkedIn provides a number of tools to help you understand how it works and get started.  The Profile Strength Meter will tell you where to add more content and will provide an All-Star profile rating once the meter is full.  Your search results discoverability will increase the fuller your profile is.  On that note: your profile should be up-to-date, professional and free of spelling errors.  Make sure to proofread anything that you write on LinkedIn and never publish an article without personally reviewing it.
  3. Schedule posts frequently. Along with making sure that your profile is up-to-date, you should also get into the habit of publishing regularly.  Use LinkedIn Publisher or an outside managing service like Hootsuite to publish content to LinkedIn and all of your social media accounts.  The more you post, the more visible your profile will be.
  4. Make sure you have a separate Firm Page. If you haven’t already created a separate page for your law firm.  Post to that profile page with relevant articles or updates about your firm.  Link to your firm’s blog and any social media accounts as well as your website.
  5. Be aware of ethics opinions. As with all platforms, you should be aware of any ethics opinions issued by your state.  Steer clear of any potential conflicts of interest.  Be very careful of listing yourself as an expert or specialist and make sure that others are not endorsing you in a field of law that you do not practice or listing you as a specialist when you have not been certified as a specialist.  Pay special attention to state bar rules concerning advertising and marketing and how they apply to social media platforms.
  6. Toot your own horn. Don’t be shy about showcasing what makes you special.  Add Skills to your profile, list certifications under “additional education,” add any special projects that you may have completed.  Make sure to use your summary section to the fullest.  This is the time to share what makes you unique, what makes you someone that a client would want to hire.
  1. Get and Give. Send requests for recommendations.  Get them from a variety of sources and make sure that they are people that would truly recommend you.  Never post fake recommendations and make sure that the people you solicit for a recommendation know specifics about you.  While you are collecting recommendations, make sure to dish some out.  Be honest and detailed when giving recommendations and endorse other attorneys or field experts where appropriate.
  2. Customize. Add media to your profile.  Consumers are drawn to images and videos.  There is no reason that your LinkedIn profile should be left out of this trend.  Make sure you personalize your LinkedIn URL and all other areas of your profile.  Where you can customize, do it.  Use a call to action with your firm website links.  Make people want to visit your blog.  Utilize all of the features that LinkedIn has to offer.  Somewhat new to all of the profile perks?  Use LinkedIn’s Help feature to read through guides and information on how to get started.
  3. Know your target audience. Design your profile to appeal to potential clients.  Showcase your experience according to what a prospective client might be looking for.  Know that LinkedIn is a great referral source, feature skills on your profile accordingly.  Be sure that your profile is professional with a photo that is a good representation of you.
  4. Pay attention to your professional headline. Avoid seeming unprofessional with a cheesy headline. Make sure it is clear and concise.  Think about who is reading your profile and what you want them to know about you.  It is your introduction to potential connections that don’t know you and are trying to learn more about you.


LinkedIn Novice?  Unsure of where to start? Amicus Media Group can help.  Connect with owner Bill Tilley today to learn more about the importance of your LinkedIn profile and how to expand your social media platforms.  LinkedIn can help you grow your law firm practice, get the help you need today by contacting us today at (888) 700-1088.

Appeals court opens door for Punitive Damages in Risperdal cases

An appeals court decision out of Pennsylvania has opened Johnson & Johnson up to punitive damages in thousands of pending Risperdal cases.  The decision came from a three-judge panel that ruled the lower court had improperly decided that the laws of the plaintiff’s home state should not be applied.


Timothy Stange, a Wisconsin resident, began taking Risperdal in 2006 for Tourette Syndrome.  He was 12 years old at the time and living in Wisconsin while he was prescribed the antipsychotic medication.  Six years after he began taking the drug he had to have surgery to remove breasts that grew as a result of the prescription, according to court records.  The mastectomy caused permanent scars and he endured bullying from classmates from the breast growth, a condition called gynecomastia.  A Philadelphia jury awarded Stange $500,000 in compensatory damages.  He was barred from collecting punitive damages.  The lower court ruled that New Jersey law should be applied since the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had headquarters there.  New Jersey law prevents plaintiffs from being awarded punitive damages if the drug in question was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.  Risperdal was approved by the FDA in 2006 for use as an antipsychotic drug.  [1]


The Appeals court disagreed with that decision remanding the case for further consideration on the interstate issue.  Wisconsin, Stange’s home state, allows for a plaintiff to recover compensatory and punitive damages which would greatly increase the amount recovered by Stange and other plaintiffs of the nearly 5500 pending Risperdal cases.  Wisconsin law caps punitive damages at $200,000 or twice the amount of any compensatory damages awarded according to the court decision.  The decision to apply New Jersey law was a global order that applied to all of the consolidated Risperdal cases.  The challenge and results of the appeal will, thus, be applied to all of the cases that were consolidated as part of the mass tort program in the Philadelphia County court.


All plaintiffs argue that the manufacturer of Risperdal, also known by the generic name Risperidone, concealed information that the drug caused gynecomastia or the risk of breast growth in men.   This decision follows the record-setting $70 million verdict issued by a Philadelphia jury last year.  In that case, Andrew Yount of Tennessee, began taking Risperdal at the age of 5.  He was awarded $70 million in damages related to the disfigurement and emotional distress associated with breast growth.  Prior to that decision, the most a jury had awarded in a Risperdal case was $2.5 million.  [2]


Contact us to learn more about Risperdal litigation and other mass tort cases.  At Amicus Capital Group and Amicus Media Group are dedicated to bringing you up to date information on pending litigation, court decisions and mass tort news.  We can help provide you litigation financing and capital for your cases.  At Amicus Media Group, we focus on case acquisition developing a solid media campaign for acquiring the right kind of cases for your law firm.  Find out more by contacting us today.





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