Risperdal (Generic: Risperidone) Lawsuit: Do You Qualify for Compensation?

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to settle accusations that it improperly promoted the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to older adults, children and people with developmental disabilities. For more information see the article found at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/business/johnson-johnson-to-settle-risperdal-improper-marketing-case.html

Risperdal lawsuit cases have been filed alleging that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. withheld information from the public regarding the dangerous side effects of taking Risperdal (Generic: Risperidone). Plaintiffs have further alleged that the manufacturers deliberately misled the consumers about the drugs side effects and improperly marketed risperidone for off-label use causing gynecomastia (abnormal development of breasts in males), lactation in girls, movement disorders, onset of diabetes, strokes and death in the elderly.

Eric H. Holder Jr., the United States attorney general, said the company’s practices “recklessly put at risk the health of some of the most vulnerable members of our society — including young children, the elderly and the disabled.” http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-eric-holder-delivers-remarks-johnson-johnson-press-conference

Compensatory and punitive damages are sought based on various legal theories, such as strict liability, failure to warn, negligence, gross negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and common law fraud. Many lawsuits are pending in both state and federal court, with litigation likely to continue for the foreseeable future as more victims come forward. If you have been injured by Risperdal (Generic: Risperidone), it is important to file a lawsuit before the time limit (statute of limitations) for doing so expires. Contact a Product’s Liability Lawyer at the Tampa law firm of Clark & Martino, P.A. today to explore your options.