Pennsylvania Court to Hear Appeal of Dismissed Risperdal Lawsuit

Kermit Cole
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In 2002, Pennsylvania state investigator Allen Jones discovered improprieties that lead to a succession of multi-billion dollar awards and settlements against Johnson & Johnson for fraudulent marketing of Risperdal.  Before the recent spate of awards, the case that had arisen from Jones’ findings in Pennsylvania was dismissed. “I assisted the State of Texas in the recovery of $158 million dollars expended as the result of J&J’s fraudulent marketing of Risperdal,” said Jones, “Not only was Pennsylvania not interested in pursuing these facts, I was fired when I went public with allegations of corruption which were being covered up. (The state’s) … case was so weak it was rightfully thrown out of court.” Judges in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court are set to hear an appeal of the 2008 dismissal.

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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]