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Judge Releases Confidential Documents In Levaquin Side Effects Lawsuit

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U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim has agreed to release approximately 115 confidential documents that were sealed under protective order after the first trial regarding the side effects of Levaquin. The jury from that trial awarded $1.8 million in punitive and compensatory damages for Johnson & Johnsons failure to warn consumers about the increased risk of tendon damage and tendon rupture, especially of the Achilles tendon.

Johnson & Johnson fears that the release of the documents would cause “adverse publicity” that could affect the nearly 2,600 Levaquin lawsuits filed in state and federal courts across the nation. Judge Tunheim said the punitive damage award already created adverse publicity, and released the documents stating that the company’s argument for keeping them sealed was not strong enough.

The first Levaquin trial involved John Schedin, whose Achilles tendon ruptured after using the antibiotic Levaquin for eight days to treat an infection. Though there was a consumer warning label alerting users to tendon ruptures, the jury found the warning inadequate, and decided J&J controlled information regarding the risks of Levaquin side effects in a way that disregarded public safety.

Consumer advocates requested that Johnson & Johnson add a rupture warning to Levaquin in 2006, however it was not until 2008 that the FDA required the black box warning. disclaimer: This article: Judge Releases Confidential Documents In Levaquin Side Effects Lawsuit was posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 7:55 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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