Miss. High Court Tosses $2M Risperdal Verdict Against J&J

Law360, New York (October 20, 2017, 5:19 PM EDT) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday tossed a $1.95 million verdict in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary over a movement disorder allegedly caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, saying the drug's label sufficiently warned about the drug's associated risks.

The court reversed the judgment that Risperdal contained inadequate warnings about the risk of developing the movement disorder tardive dyskinesia and ordered a new trial over the allegation that Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals misrepresented the treatment to a physician, because the jury instructions didn't fully explain the elements of a negligent misrepresentation claim.

"Here, the Risperdal label unequivocally communicated...

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