January 21, 2020

$8 billion punitive damages award against J&J reduced to $6.8 million in Risperdal case

FiercePharma reports that a Philadelphia trial court has reduced the $8 billion punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson to $6.8 million.  The case involves J&J's alleged failure to warn about the potential side effects of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

According to the story, the court found that the punitive damages award was grossly disproportionate to the compensatory damages award of $680,000.  Johnson & Johnson says it still plans to appeal the award as reduced.  No doubt the plaintiffs will also appeal from the reduction of the award.