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J&J, FDA Leaders Take Heat For Phantom Recall'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Johnson & Johnson executives and the Food and Drug Administration both shouldered the blame Thursday for a secret recall in which hired contractors quietly bought up defective painkillers to clear them from store shelves. J&J Chief Executive William Weldon told House lawmakers...

Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $258M To Louisiana

OPELOUSAS, La. - (AP) A Louisiana jury says health products maker Johnson & Johnson owes the state nearly $258 million for misleading doctors about the possible side effects of one of its anti-psychotic medications. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

California Appeals Court Affirms Children's Motrin Defense Verdict

LOS ANGELES -- A California state appeals court on Oct. 20 affirmed a defense verdict in a Children's Motrin case, saying that the trial judge properly excluded an exhibit that was irrelevant and did not err by failing to give the jury a "heeding presumption" instruction ( Sabrina Brierton...

West Virginia High Court Vacates $4.47M Judgment; FDA Warning Letters Not Matter Of Law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- (Mealey's) The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Nov. 18 reversed a $4,475,000 consumer law judgment against Johnson & Johnson concerning the marketing of Risperdal and Duragesic after agreeing with the defendant that the judge in a bench trial improperly relied on...

Federal Lawsuits Involving DePuy Hip Replacement Parts Consolidated In Ohio

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - It was announced this weekend that federal cases involving allegedly defective hip implant parts manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics , a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, will be consolidated in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio under U.S. District Judge David A. Katz...

Jury Awards $1.8 Million To Plaintiff In First Levaquin MDL Bellwether Trial

MINNEAPOLIS - (Mealey's) A Minnesota federal jury on Dec. 8 awarded a plaintiff in the first Levaquin multidistrict litigation bellwether trial a total of $1,815,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after finding that manufacturer Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to warn him that...

FDA Sees Possible Cancer Risk With Breast Implants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Federal health officials said Wednesday they are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer, raising new questions about the safety of devices which have been scrutinized for decades. The cancer, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma...

Hezekiah Sistrunk Appointed To DePuy Hip Implant Discovery Committee

ATLANTA - Attorney Hezekiah Sistrunk Jr. of The Cochran Firm - Atlanta has been selected for a leadership position in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant mass tort multidistrict litigation. Federal Judge David A. Katz appointed Sistrunk to the Discovery Committee that will be responsible for leading and directing...

McNeil-PPC Enters Consent Decree For Violations At 3 Manufacturing Plants

PHILADELPHIA -- (Mealey's) The McNeil-PPC Inc. division of Johnson & Johnson on March 10 entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction with the federal government for manufacturing violations at three plants that resulted in several over-the-counter products being recalled and one plant...

Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Pay $76.9 Million To Settle Foreign Bribery Claims

(Mealey's) Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and subsidiary DePuy International Ltd. will pay $76.9 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations in the United States and in the United Kingdom that they paid kickbacks to doctors in Greece, Poland, Romania and Iraq to use the companies' drugs...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $10 Million To Girl In Children's Motrin Case

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A Pennsylvania state court jury on May 20 awarded $10 million in compensatory damages to a 13-year-old girl who claims that she suffered extensive burns and was blinded in one eye by Children's Motrin when she was 3-1/2, a source told Mealey Publications ( Alicia E....

South Carolina Judge: $327 Million Penalty Due For Marketing Of Risperdal

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - (Mealey's) A South Carolina state court judge on June 3 ordered the Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson to pay $327,073,700 for violating the state's Unfair Trade Practices Act by using deceptive practices to market the atypical antipsychotic...

2nd Levaquin/Tendon Rupture MDL Trial Ends In Defense Verdict

MINNEAPOLIS -- The second trial in the Levaquin antibiotic multidistrict litigation ended in a defense verdict June 17 when a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota found that defendant Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. did not fail to provide a reasonably adequate warning...

New Jersey High Court: Some Warning, Warranty Claims About Stent Aren't Preempted

TRENTON, N.J. - (Mealey's) The New Jersey Supreme Court on Aug. 9 ruled that some failure-to-warn claims and some breach of warranty claims involving the Cordis Cypher drug-coated coronary stent may survive federal preemption, a ruling that applies to 47 state court cases in which plaintiffs claim...

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Take Up Preemption Of Over-The-Counter Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 9 denied a petition by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary asking the high court to find that state law failure-to-warn claims involving over-the-counter (OTC), nonprescription drugs are preempted under the court's 2011 ruling in which...

Jury Awards $7.76 Million In Punitive Damages In New Jersey's 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey court on Feb. 28 ordered the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson to pay $7.76 million in punitive damages to a woman who claims to have debilitating injuries from a Gynecare Prolift pelvic sling, sources told Mealey Publications...

Johnson & Johnson, 2 Units Plead Guilty, Pay $2.2 Billion In Criminal, Civil Penalties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries have pleaded guilty, and the parent company and two subsidiaries will pay $2.2 billion in criminal fines, civil penalties and forfeitures in one criminal and several civil cases for off-label marketing of three drugs, for...

DePuy To Pay $2.5 Billion To Settle National ASR Hip Litigation, Parties Announce

WARSAW, Ind. — (Mealey’s) The DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.5 billion to settle about 8,000 claims involving its recalled ASR hip prosthesis, according to a joint announcement Nov. 19 by the company and plaintiff attorneys representing litigants....

La. Supreme Court Reverses $330M Verdict For Risperdal Medicaid Law Violations

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) In a 4-3 vote, the Louisiana Supreme Court on Jan. 28 reversed a verdict of more than $330.6 million against Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson, finding that the state attorney general failed to prove that misrepresenting the safety...

Defense Verdict Returned In 1st DePuy Pinnacle Hip Bellwether Case

DALLAS — (Mealey’s) Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Oct. 23 returned a defense verdict for DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson in the first Pinnacle hip multidistrict litigation bellwether case ( In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics...

Boston Scientific Pays $600 Million To Settle Guidant Contract Suit By Johnson & Johnson

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — (Mealey’s) Boston Scientific Corp. on Feb. 17 announced that it has agreed to pay Johnson & Johnson (J&J) $600 million to settle a nine-year-old lawsuit alleging that Guidant Corp., which is now a Boston Scientific subsidiary, in 2006 interfered with J&J’s...

Pennsylvania State Court Jury Awards $2.5 Million In Risperdal Gynecomastia Trial

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Feb. 24 awarded $2.5 million to the family of a man who claimed that the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts ( P.P., et al. v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. ,...

4th Circuit Affirms Directed Verdict In 1st Ethicon Pelvic Mesh MDL Trial

RICHMOND, Va. — (Mealey’s) The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 2 affirmed a directed defense verdict last year in the first Ethicon pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation trial ( Carolyn Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , No. 14-1244, 4th Cir.). ( Opinion available...

California Jury Awards $5.7 Million In Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Trial

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (Mealey’s) A California state court jury on March 5 awarded $5.7 million to a plaintiff in an Ethicon pelvic mesh injury trial ( Colleen Perry, et al. v. Ethicon Inc., et al. , No. S-1500-CV-279123, Calif. Super., Kern Co.). The jury in the Kern County Superior Court...

McNeil Pleads Guilty, Pays $25M For Making Adulterated Children’s Medicines

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The McNeil-PPC Inc. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson on March 10 pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor criminal charge of making adulterated children’s over-the-counter medicines and agreed to pay a criminal fine and forfeiture totaling $25 million ( United...