Judge of $8 Billion Risperdal Injury Case Refuses Recusal

October 31, 2019 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Judge of $8 Billion Risperdal Injury Case Refuses Recusal

Risperdal Defense Seeks Judges Recusal

This Wednesday, a hearing over Johnson & Johnson's accusations about a judge's perceived pro-plaintiff bias when he allegedly high-fived and posed for photos with jurors after the trial resulted in an $8 billion dollar award to the plaintiffs, resulted in the judge fighting the prospect of recusal. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Powell said to Johnson & Johnson's counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath attorney David Abernathy that none of the rulings he made regarding Risperdal and Johnson & Johnson were biased and that the $8 billion dollar reward to plaintiffs was not the result of any of his actions but instead the result of the lawyer's actions during the case.  Judge Kenneth Powell noted, in particular, the different strategies of both sides' legal counsels and how the defense of Johnson & Johnson were the ones that decided the fate of the case with a strategy the judge found to be questionable. 

Allegations of Pro-Plaintiff Bias in Risperdal Lawsuit

Judge Powell maintained that the allegations of him high-fiving jurors after the case verdict are “fabricated” and part of a “concocted story” and could potentially be the subject of disciplinary proceedings in the future. When it comes to the photographs, Judge Powell says the jurors were celebrating the final end of a long trial rather than celebrating the specific verdict of that trial. The judge also stated that he shook hands with and congratulated the jurors to thank them for their service when they asked to take a photo due to developing a rapport with him; a situation the judge maintains is not unique to this specific trial. As to how this development will affect the high profile Risperdal case, only time will tell as matters progress and the situation undergoes further deliberation regarding the alleged judicial bias

Drug Injury Cases Involving Risperdal

As for the case itself, the focus was a drug made by Johnson & Johnson known as Risperdal which was commonly prescribed to children suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and behavioral disorders related to autism. The main issue with Risperdal stems from the number of injuries suffered by those it was prescribed to which included breast development in young boys, lactation in young girls, movement disorders, and heart issues. These injuries have caused widespread pain and suffering among those that were prescribed Risperdal and many have even died as a result of their Risperdal medication.  Risperdal is a dangerous drug that Johnson & Johnson put on the market and made over $40 billion sales while injuring many in the process. This negligent sale of such a dangerous product has since lead to the pharmaceutical giant losing billions of dollars in cases such as the aforementioned case presided over Judge Powell which involved a man named Nicholas Murray that sued Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal's side effects causing him to grow breasts. If you have been prescribed Risperdal also known as Risperidone or the similar drug known as Inviga and suffer from any of the following then Consult the attorneys of Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA by calling (727)451-6900 or contact us online.

Breast Development in Boys that Took Risperdal

Many young boys that were prescribed Risperdal ended up developing breasts as a side effect of the drug. This male breast growth is known as gynecomastia and has been known to affect patients as young as four years old. Risperdal causes the secretion of a hormone called prolactin that regulates fatty tissue growth and is responsible for lactation. The growth of breasts in young boys can lead to a number of problems when it comes to psychological issues and a person's perception of self. 

Lactation of Young Girls Caused by Risperdal

Prolactin secretion caused by Risperdal not only leads to the growth of breasts in young males but can also lead to young females developing their breasts much earlier than usual and having them start to produce milk and lactate. This early development can be especially traumatizing considering how it occurs to young children and can lead to a great deal of pain and suffering.

Movement Disorders and Risperdal Use

One of the side effects of Risperdal is the development of movement disorders. These movement disorders are characterized by violent uncontrollable movements that are called extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS). What is especially concerning about these movement disorders is that they can continue on even after the use of Risperdal is stopped. Some common symptoms of Risperdal Caused movement disorders include: 
  • Torticollis consists of stiffening of the tongue and/or jerking chin towards the neck
  • Drooling or lack of control of mouth muscles
  • Tardive Dyskinesia which consists of abnormal head, shoulder, and limb movements 
  • Akathesia which is when someone has an inability to stay still
  • Tremors similar to those caused by Parkinsons disease
  • Involuntary facial movements
  • Akinesia or loss of voluntary movement 

Florida Risperdal Injury Attorneys 

If you or your child have been injured by Risperdal, Risperidone, or Invega, contact the experienced defective drug attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We are well-known for pursuing large corporations and making them pay for their negligence. Just look at our long list of successful case results that have secured satisfying settlements for a number of clients. When you hire Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA as your legal representation you are ensuring that your case is given the undivided attention of a firm that will not only communicate with you every step of the way like a smaller firm but will provide the resources and expertise one can expect from a larger firm. The attorneys of Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA specialize in handling cases involving medication that companies negligently put on the market and ended up cause severe injuries to people like you. The best thing you can do if you feel that something like this has happened to you is at least talk to an attorney. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA offers free consultations to people with cases involving Risperdal.  You can contact us my calling our office at (833) 606-DRUG [3784] or by filling out our online contact form. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (833) 606-DRUG [3784] https://www.dolmanlaw.com/florida-drug-injury-lawyer/


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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