First Personal Injury Lawsuit Over Risperdal Starts in New Jersey


Gary Skala’s claim that 14 years of Risperdal caused his diabetes went to trial in New Jersey yesterday in the first personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson to be presented to a jury. The trial follows J&J’s losses in Risperdal-related cases in Louisiana, South Carolina, and to the United States Government, and starts two weeks after J&J’s settlement of claims regarding fraudulent marketing of Risperdal in Texas.
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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].