8th Circ. Reverses $1.1M Levaquin Punitive Damages Award

Law360, New York (November 30, 2012, 4:54 PM EST) -- A divided Eighth Circuit on Friday reversed a Minnesota jury’s $1.1 million punitive damages award to a patient who claimed Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals unit deliberately failed to properly warn consumers of the risks of tendon damage linked to its antibiotic Levaquin.

In a published opinion, the three-judge panel ruled that the Minnesota federal court erred when it upheld the jury’s 2010 award of punitive damages for plaintiff John Schedin by finding that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. “knew of the potential for the higher tendon toxicity of...
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