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S.C. Judge Orders J&J To Pay &327 Million in Risperdal Case

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South Carolina Judge Roger Couch ordered Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit to pay $327 million in penalties for repeatedly violating the state’s consumer protection laws by  marketing the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as being superior to competing drugs, and including deception information on the warning label.

Judge Court’s ruling said that the drug maker  “allowed the profit-at-all- costs mentality to cloud” it’s judgment  regarding a marketing campaign that caused the FDA to issue a warning letter to Janssen about its false and misleading claims that the drug was better than its competitors, and that the company minimized the potentially fatal side effects of Risperdal.

The lawsuit was filed in Circuit Court for Spartanburg County, South Carolina (Spartanburg), and is the third of about 10 state lawsuits filed against Risperdal marketing campaigns. Couch awarded South Carolina $4,000 for each violation of consumer protection laws for a total of $174.2 million, and awarded $300 for each of the 590,499 deceptive labels he found distributed across the state, totaling $152.8 million.

Last year, a jury in Louisiana awarded the state $257.7 million in damages and $73 million in legal fees in a lawsuit against Risperdal and misleading claims. A West Virginia jury also awarded that state $3.95 million for misleading the state about the risks and benefits of Risperdal. The state later dropped its claim after Johnson & Johnson won an appeal.

 disclaimer: This article: S.C. Judge Orders J&J To Pay &327 Million in Risperdal Case was posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 6:45 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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