October 5, 2011

L.A. jury awards $15.6 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson

We previously reported on the appellate decision that allowed a plaintiff to proceed with a punitive damages claim against Johnson & Johnson for allegedly failing to provide sufficiently specific warnings for its pain reliever Motrin, and allegedly withholding information about Motrin from the FDA.  As we noted in May, the California Supreme Court denied Johnson & Johnson's petition for review (and our request for depublication.)

Today's Daily Journal (subscription required) reports that, after a six-and-a-half week trial, a jury awarded the plaintiff $48.2 million in damages, including $15.6 million in punitive damages.