J&J Takes Last Stab at $1.2B Risperdal Verdict


Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson took the stand in Arkansas today, a final effort at convincing the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a jury’s award of $1.2 billion for off-label marketing of Risperdal.  J&J plans to argue that the award is excessive, and that the company was exercising its right to free speech in promoting the drug.  The attorneys general of 35 states have filed a brief urging the court to uphold the verdict.

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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].


    • But remember, our wonderful Supreme Court decided that corporations are people! That ruling opened a huge door for all kinds of corruption and problems to pour through into the business world. You are correct; we need to return ethics in business but I don’t think that’s going to happen. When making a profit at any cost to people is the most important thing then ethics have been thrown right out the window.

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  1. Clear and present danger was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press or assembly…

    Lying , breaking rules to sell that Risperdal poison to kids is clear and present danger .

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