Philly Risperdal Trial Settles On Day Of Opening Arguments

By Dan Packel (May 27, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson reached a settlement with a California boy on Wednesday just hours before attorneys were set to begin opening arguments in what would have been the third opportunity for a Philadelphia jury to weigh the connection between antipsychotic drug Risperdal and abnormal breast growth in youth.

A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. confirmed the settlement to plaintiff Christopher Walker's case — part of Philadelphia's mass tort program over the drug — but said the terms were confidential.

Stephen Sheller of Sheller PC, representing Walker, said Tuesday that he anticipated spending Wednesday morning arguing final motions...

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