Law360, New York (March 03, 2015, 9:59 PM ET) — A California appellate court on Monday upheld a lower court jury verdict for device maker Breg Inc., there was enough evidence to show that its pain pump did not cause the injuries of a plaintiff who had claimed the device caused him to develop an arthritic condition.
SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher nearly $1.5 million after the woman sued the district and one of its former police officers, who she accused of raping her while on duty.
Following a 21-day trial that began on Jan. 20 and spanned six weeks, a jury returned Monday with a judgment of $1,487,000 in compensatory damages against the school district and its former police officer, John Frank Garcia.
It’s bad news and good news for Johnson & Johnson’s ($JNJ) legal department today. South Carolina’s Supreme Court upheld a jury verdict against the company in a Risperdal marketing lawsuit, but did slash the $327 million judgment by more than half.
South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John Kittredge
The lawsuit centered on promotional materials J&J’s pharma unit Janssen used to market the antipsychotic drug.
A Philadelphia Common Pleas jury Tuesday awarded $2.5 million in damages to an Alabama man with autism who took the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal as a teen and grew size 46DD breasts, according to Thomas Kline, the man’s attorney.
“This trial is important publicly because it provided for the first time a window into the real risks of the drug,” Kline told the Philadelphia Daily News.
In the end, Kenneth Kerrivan helped bring Big Tobacco to the settlement table. On Wednesday, R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and Lorillard announced a $100 million settlement to end all future litigation in federal court in the so-called Engle Progeny cases.
The subject of a Scene cover story three weeks ago, Kerrivan was the plaintiff represented by local counsel from the firm Lieff Cabraser in a suit against cigarette-makers.
Appeals court rules in favor of defendant in dog bite civil suit
ANNIE YAMSON Special to the Legal News
Published: February 26, 2015
In a civil appeal from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, the 8th District Court of Appeals recently found that a lower court was correct when it found in favor of a defendant in a dog bite case.