Texas Teen’s Lawyers Seek Testimony From J&J CEO

Kermit Cole
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Lawyers for a Texas teenager whose lawsuit, one of 400 Johnson & Johnson faces over personal injuries caused by Risperdal, is set to begin September 24, have filed papers intended to compel J&J CEO Alex Gorsky to testify. “There is no question that Mr. Gorsky had significant, direct and important involvement in the conduct that gave rise to this litigation,” said the filing in Philadelphia State Court yesterday. J&J lawyers say Gorsky will be out of the country at the time.

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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]

2 COMMENTS

  1. Risperdal reproached.
    Same saga here as Eli Lilly Zyprexa.
    Johnson and Johnson is a trusted brand we associate with babies.
    Risperdal,Zyprexa,as well as the other atypical antipsychotics, are being prescribed for children, even though this is an unapproved, off-label use. An estimated 2.5 million children are now taking atypical antipsychotics. Over half are being given them for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,many of these foster children.
    Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for (life-long) diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    Eli Lilly made $67 BILLION on Zyprexa!
    *Tell the truth don’t be afraid*
    Daniel Haszard FMI http://www.zyprexa-victims.com

  2. Giving a deposition is much different from sitting in front of a jury and having to testify. Too bad if he plans to be out of the country when the trial takes place; he needs to cancel or alter his travel plans. They need to get his behind n that chair and make him squirm like the worm he probably is. Until some of these CEO’s have to go to prison none of this really matters. The compaies keep paying the fines and the kids keep getting drugged. If there were some real consequences that these individuals had to shoulder then things would start to change, and quite quickly most likely. As it is, this is only a slap on the hand and they go right back to drugging people like always.