Attorneys Jason Itkin, Ces Tavares, and Kyle Findley of Arnold & Itkin won an impressive $76.6 million jury verdict on behalf of a boy who suffered gynecomastia, or irregular female breast growth. The verdict came against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical for their drug, Risperdal. The team was also assisted by Cory Itkin and Santana McMurrey from the firm. Both Jason and Kyle provided representation for the boy’s family, bringing a lawsuit against J&J for failing to provide a proper warning that their antipsychotic medicine, Risperdal, could lead to the development of female breasts. This verdict will help ensure that J&J is held accountable for causing such devastating disfigurement to Arnold & Itkin’s client.
J&J and Janssen Pharmaceuticals tried to argue that because their drug was the only drug that worked for the boy, he continued to stay on the drug—even though he was informed of the potential risks. They also tried to argue that Risperdal does not even cause gynecomastia, despite significant evidence that shows otherwise. Our team discovered pivotal evidence through careful cross-examination that was known in the case as “Tab 4.” It became crucial to our case and had never become public until the trial. This included scientific data that showed a clear link between Risperdal and the condition known as gynecomastia. Even though they had this information, J&J knowingly kept this evidence secret, hiding it from the FDA and burying it from scientific studies.The Philadelphia jury found that Johnson & Johnson was guilty of falsifying, concealing, and/or destroying evidence. After just 11 days of trial, they unanimously agreed that J&J failed to warn of the side effects of Risperdal, thus causing our client to develop gynecomastia. They awarded our client $76.6 million—the largest single verdict in such a case.
“They really care about people. I never thought I’d feel that way about a lawyer. It’s been pounded in my head all my life: they’re just out for the money. But that’s not so. Arnold & Itkin, they care about people. They’re in the fight for the right reasons—I really believe that.”- Terry Yount