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Johnson and Johnson obliged to pay the patient $8 billion in compensation

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Initially, the court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.75 billion in the case.

Johnson & Johnson lost another case for compensation for harm caused to users of their products.

A jury in the US city of Philadelphia ordered the holding company, Johnson & Johnson, to pay $8 billion in compensation to a Maryland resident who suffered from side effects of a drug for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Reportedly, plaintiff Nicholas Murray in his lawsuit complained that he had been taking Risperdal as a doctor in his childhood as a child from 2003 to 2008. However, a neuroleptic produced by Johnson & Johnson had a side effect — it leads to gynecomastia (an increase in the mammary glands in men).

According to Murray, the American holding company knew about the negative side effects of the drug, but could not properly notify doctors and patients about it.

In 2015, the court issued the first verdict, in this case, requiring Johnson & Johnson to pay the man $1.75 billion. The company appealed against this decision. In February 2018, an appeals court in Pennsylvania recognized the verdict as legal but reduced the amount of payment to 680 thousand dollars. Murray, in turn, appealed against such a decision. Ultimately, he was awarded $8 billion in compensation.

Recall, last year a court in Missouri ruled on the case of asbestos in the baby powder company Johnson & Johnson. The jury decided that the company should pay 22 plaintiffs $550 million in compensation for property damage and more than $4 billion for moral damage.

Johnson & Johnson had previously lost several processes for talc. The largest fine, in this case, is $417 million. It was paid to a woman who claimed to have ovarian cancer after using talc-based J&J products.

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