Arkansas Court Overturns $1.2B Judgment Against J&J


The Arkansas Supreme Court today overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson, ruling that laws requiring companies to properly communicate risks and use of drugs applies to health care companies, not pharmaceutical companies.  “I am disappointed that the Court viewed the law differently. Nevertheless, I will keep working to protect consumers against fraud and the kinds of irresponsible and greedy actions shown by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in their marketing of the drug Risperdal,” said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

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  1. That’s true Stephen .Years ago when Thalidomide was shown to cause birth defects didn’t they have to withdraw the drug and pay fines. What in this case makes it so different and why not call an indefinite duration boycott on these pharmaceutical companies for the people to enact if they choose whenever possible until justice as the people remember it is served? Another example of a supreme court turning into a Kangaroo Court.

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    • Unfortunately, I wasn’t surprised by this result. I’m very familiar with how things in Arkansas work, or don’t work for that matter. The entire state is moving towards being taken over by political forces that have absolutely no use for people who aren’t rich. Everything is being handed over, slowly but surely, to the One Percenters. Arkansas is and never was a rich state to begin with, but it will be wrung dry like a turnip that they’re determined to get blood out of. The poor and disenfranchised are particular targets as they’re labeled as people taking a free ride on the backs of the righteous people who deserve everything. It’s all beginning to sound very similar to what was said in Germany after the WWII about certain groups being “useless eaters.” It’s very disturbing so the Court ruling in favor of this mega drug company is not surprising at all.

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