J&J Unit Bests Suit Over Levaquin Injuries

Law360, New York (October 14, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey jury on Friday found Johnson & Johnson unit Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. not liable for the ruptured Achilles tendons of two New Jersey men who claimed that their use of antibiotic Levaquin contributed to the injuries.

Paul Gaffney, 67, and Robert Beare, 72, had accused the company of hiding the antibiotics' association with serious tendon injuries. Both plaintiffs took the drug for sinus infections, and later suffered Achilles tendon injuries that prevented them from walking and required surgery.

But after a two-day deliberation in...
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