New York Federal Judge Says Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices, Enters $153.3 Million Judgment

NEW YORK- (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on March 14 entered judgment for $153.3 million after trebling a jury's $54.1 million verdict in favor of a direct purchaser class on its allegations that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for...

Illinois Jury Awards $2.2Million To Widower In 1st Humira Infection Case To Go To Trial

CHICAGO - (Mealey's) An Illinois state court jury on May 9 found Abbott Laboratories negligent and ordered it to pay a plaintiff $2,244,063 for a near-fatal infection his late wife suffered while taking the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, according to the plaintiff's law firm ( Milton Tietz...

N.J. Jury Finds For Defendant Novartis In Zometa Jaw Injury Trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey state court jury on May 15 returned a defense verdict for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a Zometa jaw injury case, a source told Mealey Publications ( Beverly Meng v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. , No. MID-L-7670-07-MT, N.J. Super., Middlesex Co...

N.Y. Jury Awards $190 Million To Plaintiffs In 5 Asbestos Cases Consolidated For Trial

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) A New York County jury on July 23 awarded $190 million to plaintiffs in five asbestos cases consolidated for trial, sources told Mealey Publications ( Santo Assenzio v. A.O. Smith Water Products , Robert Brunck v A.O. Smith Water Products , Paul Levy v. A.O. Smith Water...

Billion Dollar Verdict Against Nursing Home Continues Law Firm’s Impressive Win Streak

In yet another case against former nursing home giant Trans Healthcare, Inc., Tampa law firm Wilkes & McHugh has obtained its fourth multi-million verdict, this one actually reaching $1.1 billion, including punitive damages, in Polk County Circuit Court. 2013 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 7568 . Wilkes &...

Jury Awards $1.3 Million In Zometa Jaw Injury Trial After Botching 1st Verdict Form

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida federal jury on Sept. 20 found that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. failed to warn a cancer patient about the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and awarded her $1.3 million in medical expenses and non-economic damages ( Nancy Guenther, et al. v. Novartis...

Pa. High Court Reconsiders, Won’t Disturb $8.6M Prempro Punitive Damages Award

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Dec. 16 let stand an $8.6 million punitive damages verdict in a Prempro hormone replacement therapy case after dismissing the appeal as improvidently granted ( Mary Daniel, et al. v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. , Nos. 63...

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...

Janssen Settles Some Pa. Topamax Birth Defect Cases, Will Appeal $3M Verdict

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) Topamax manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals on March 10 said it will appeal a $3 million March 7 birth defect verdict in the Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court even though it reached an agreement to resolve a number of similar cases in the state court, including...

New Jersey Jury Awards $1.58M In Retrial Of Accutane Bowel Injury Case

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — (Mealey’s) A New Jersey state court jury on March 11 found that Hoffman-La Roche failed to adequately warn that its former acne drug Accutane could cause ulcerative colitis and awarded the plaintiff $1,587,928 for past medical expenses and for pain and suffering ( Kamie...

Arkansas High Court Reverses $1.2B Risperdal Verdict For State Law Violations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — (Mealey’s) In a 4-3 decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court on March 20 reversed a $1.2 billion verdict against Janssen Pharmaceuticals for violating state law in its marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal ( Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. v. State...

Jury Awards $9B In 1st MDL Actos Bladder Cancer Trial Against Takeda, Eli Lilly

LAFAYETTE, La. — (Mealey’s) The first federal court Actos bladder cancer trial ended April 7 in a $9 billion verdict against co-defendants Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. Inc., according to Takeda ( In Re: Actos [Pioglitazone] Products Liability Litigation , MDL Docket...

Nevada State Court Jury Returns Defense Verdict In 2-Plaintiff Actos Cancer Trial

LAS VEGAS — (Mealey's) A Nevada state court jury on May 22 returned a unanimous defense verdict in a 32-day, two-plaintiff Actos bladder cancer trial, but two plaintiff attorneys say they will seek a new trial because they believe their objections to what the judge labeled “misconduct”...

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Affirms $10M Children’s Motrin TEN Injury Verdict

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania appeals court panel on July 22 affirmed a $10 million Children’s Motrin verdict for a girl who suffered toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) after being given the over-the-counter pain/fever reducer at age 3 ( Alicia E. Maya, et al. v. Johnson and...

$2M N.J. Accutane Verdict Reversed, 2 Defense Verdicts Affirmed On Appeal

TRENTON, N.J. — (Mealey’s) A New Jersey appeals panel on Aug. 4 vacated a $2,125,617 Accutane bowel injury verdict and affirmed defense verdicts in two other cases tried at the same time ( Gillian Gaghan v. Hoffman-La Roche Inc., et al. , Nos. A-2717-11T2, A-3211-11T2 and A-3217-11T2, N.J...

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That Rap Lyrics Can’t Be Used To Prove Artist’s Intent To Commit Crime

“Yo, look in my eyes. You can see death comin' quick. Look in my palms, you can see what I'm gunnin' with.” These were among the words read to a New Jersey jury during Vonte Skinner’s criminal trial stemming from a drug deal gone bad. During the trial, the State and Skinner...

Jurors Return Defense Verdict In Massachusetts’ 2nd Pelvic Mesh Bellwether Trial (Watch The Video Of Closing Arguments)

LOWELL, Mass. — (Mealey’s) A Massachusetts state court jury on Aug. 29 returned a defense verdict for Boston Scientific Corp. after 2-1/2 days of deliberations in the state’s second bellwether pelvic mesh trial ( Maria Cardenas v. Boston Scientific Corp. , No. MICV2012-02912, Mass....

MDL Jury Awards $3.27 Million In 2nd Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — (Mealey’s) A West Virginia federal jury on Sept. 5 returned a $3.27 million verdict in the second Ethicon Inc. multidistrict litigation pelvic mesh bellwether trial (Jo Huskey, et al. v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., No. 2:12-5201, S.D. W.Va.). After deliberating for less...

Pennsylvania State Court Jury Awards Plaintiff $2 Million In Actos Bladder Cancer Case

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Oct. 3 awarded an Actos bladder cancer patient $2.05 million in economic and noneconomic damages but declined to award punitive damages ( Frances Wisniewski v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., et al. , No. 120702272, Pa. Comm...

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...

No New Trial In Actos MDL Bellwether Case, But Punitives Are Cut From $9 Billion To $36 Million

LAFAYETTE, La. — (Mealey’s) Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. will not get a new trial in the first Actos bladder cancer multidistrict litigation bellwether case, but a Louisiana federal judge on Oct. 27 reduced the $9 billion punitive damages verdict to $36.87 million...

Florida Jury Awards $450,000 In Punitives To Daughter of Smoker (Watch The Closing Statement Videos)

BRONSON, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The daughter of a smoker who died of lung cancer was awarded $450,000 in punitive damages Nov. 12 by a jury in Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in a trial limited to the redetermination of damages following the striking of an earlier award of almost...

Jury Awards $26.7 Million To 4 Women In Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh MDL Trial

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A federal jury in Florida on Nov. 13 awarded four women a total of $26.7 million in a multidistrict litigation trial involving Boston Scientific Corp.’s Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit pelvic mesh repair device ( Amal Eghnayem, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corporation...

W.Va. Jury Finds Spoliation Of Evidence, Awards $155,000 Against Actos Manufacturer Takeda

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — (Mealey’s) A West Virginia state court jury on Nov. 17 found that Actos is not unsafe and that manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. was not negligent in the case of a man who developed bladder cancer while taking the diabetes drug, but the panel did find spoliation...

Florida Jury Awards $21 Million To Widow Of Smoker With Lung Cancer (Watch Closing Arguments Video Excerpts)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A jury in Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court returned a $21 million verdict Nov. 18 for the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for 45 years ( Diane Schleider, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. , No. 13-2013-CA-006984, Fla. 11th Jud. Cir., Dade...