Pa. Judge Defends Barring Punitives At Risperdal Trials

Law360, Philadelphia (October 23, 2015, 6:29 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state judge issued an opinion Thursday backing up his decision to bar punitive damages, an issue that plaintiffs have pledged to appeal, from a docket of cases over alleged injuries from the Johnson & Johnson antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New said that it was appropriate to apply New Jersey law to the cases, rather than that of the state where an injury occurred or that of Pennsylvania, because New Jersey had a greater interest in the application of its law.

Judge New pointed to a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that said the key...

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