Whew chile! Troubled company Johnson & Johnson continues to have an endless amount of lawsuits thrown its way due to allegedly harmful products—but the latest one has ended with the brand forced to pay out billions…yes, billions.
As you’ll recall, Johnson & Johnson is still in the middle of multiple multi-million-dollar lawsuits following the claims that its signature baby powder caused ovarian cancer—and that the company knew this and still kept it on the market. Well now, in a wildly bizarre new judgement, the company has officially been ordered to pay a jaw-dropping $8 billion in a damages to a man who claims one of the company’s drugs he took as a child caused him to grow breasts.
As reported by @CBSNews, a Philadelphia jury decided on the $8 billion verdict in punitive damages to 26-year-old Nicholas Murray, who claimed that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn him (or his parents) about the side effects of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, which he took as a child. The drug reportedly caused him to develop breasts, medically known as the incurable condition of gynecomastia.
During his testimony at the trial, Murray said he was prescribed Risperdal at 9 years old for symptoms related to autism spectrum disorder, despite the fact that the FDA’s approval of the drug in the 1990s was to treat schizophrenia and episodes of bipolar mania in adults…not for any autism disorders. Murray’s attorneys also alleged the company marketed the drug for unapproved, off-label use in children to increase profits, choosing “billions over children.”
As for Johnson & Johnson’s side of things, the company has denied all allegations and is confident the verdict will be overturned. In a statement, the company said it was “precluded from presenting … key evidence…” Additionally, the company claims that evidence showed how the label for the Risperdal “clearly and appropriately outlined the risks associated with the medicine.”
A multi-billion judgement could be the official end of Johnson & Johnson, as they still maintain no wrong-doing for any of the lawsuits filed against the company.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?