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A statement from Jason Itkin of Arnold & Itkin regarding Risperdal litigation

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October 28, 2015 (Press Release)The Houston-based law firm of Arnold & Itkin has joined forces with the Philadelphia firms of Kline & Specter and Sheller, P.C. in a partnership in the Risperdal litigation nationally - with a goal of holding Johnson & Johnson responsible for their failure to properly warn about the side-effects of the anti-psychotic drug.

Together, the firms now represent more than eight thousand boys and men injured by the drug Risperdal, a drug which caused them to develop the injury of gynecomastia (female breast-forming on a male).

Over a decade ago, Steven Sheller pioneered this litigation. In March 2015, Tom Kline won the first jury verdict for the failure of Johnson & Johnson to warn physicians of the danger of the development of female breasts in boys who were prescribed the drug for purposes not approved by the FDA.

The plaintiff, Austin Pledger was a boy diagnosed with autism who developed 46DD breasts after taking Risperdal. A Philadelphia jury decided that Johnson & Johnson failed to disclose the risk of gynecomastia on the drug’s label - despite being well aware of the troubling side effect for many years.

The jury awarded Pledger approximately $2.5 million.

That sum is a tiny fraction of the nearly $14 billion in profits the company raked in for 2014. As explained in Steven Brill’s 15-part investigative report, Johnson & Johnson accounts for such expected losses as “accrued liabilities”; it’s a line item big enough to swallow a $2.2 billion criminal fine in 2013 for illegally marketing Risperdal to children and to the elderly. A second jury in the case of William Cirba followed, issuing a verdict that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn another physician.

Currently, the new consortium has two cases already on trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Kline, along with a team from Sheller P.C., returned to a Philadelphia City Hall to fight for Tim Stange, a young man with Tourette Syndrome afflicted with gynecomastia.

Meanwhile, in another Philadelphia courtroom down the hall, the firm of Arnold & Itkin is trying a separate Risperdal case on behalf of Nick Murray, who has gynecomastia in addition to his underlying Aspergers. Both juries have now heard about the off-label use of Risperdal and Johnson & Johnson's concealment of the true relationship of the drug to gynecomastia in boys.

The trials underway in Philadelphia this week - and even the cases set for trial next year - are just the beginning of a long campaign for justice. Each case has its own merits, and each court handles these types of cases differently. It is going to take multiple verdicts in courtrooms across the country to demonstrate the scope of the harm caused by Risperdal and to truly hold Johnson & Johnson accountable.

The formalized partnership between the three firms just makes sense. Combined, Kline & Specter, Arnold & Itkin, and Sheller P.C. represent more Risperdal plaintiffs than any other group of lawyers in the nation. The firms have developed the litigation and will have tried all of the initial cases.

Arnold & Itkin is a Houston-based law firm that has built a reputation for tough litigation.

We’ve won verdicts and settlements totaling more than $1 billion over the last five years. We held BP accountable for the Deepwater Horizon disaster by representing the families of more of the workers injured or killed than any other firm. We have tried cases and won verdicts all over the country, and we have a proven record for holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable for their actions.

We are especially honored to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Tom Kline - one of the nation's premier trial lawyers with extensive pharmaceutical litigation accomplishments over the past four decades since he obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts on behalf of victims of defective devices and prescription pharmaceuticals back to the 1980's.

Over the next many months, we’ll be devoting the combined resources of our law firms to fight for justice for the children - many of them with mental handicaps - who were exploited by Johnson & Johnson’s failure to place proper warning labels on its product. We will be sending a message that it is not acceptable for drug companies to make huge profits by misrepresenting and hiding the risks associated with the drugs it makes - especially when children are the victims.

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My son is diagnosed paranoid Schizophrenic and was on Resperdal . After having problems in school the court system sent him to a group home for boy's with behavioral problems where he was then forced to take the drug even thou there were other medications l wanted him to try since he had gained alot of weight and his breast looked alot bigger. After 4 months in the facility he was allowed to come home .And we stopped the medication, but by then it was to late .He now has Aronold and Itkin as his attorneys and we are hopeful of a good outcome .I agree with the others it's a shame my son who already suffers with mental illness has to now deal with gynecomastia. Good luck to all feeling with this matter .

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My son was diganosed paranoid schzophernia they started him out taking resperidal we noticed he start gaining weight and growing breast like a female.Its sad to see your child already sick and then get medication to help and occurs more problems and now on invega shots and find out it does the same thing.he don't like to take his shirt off in front of anyone.I really feel sad for my son and Johnson and Johnson lets no one knowed about what would happen by taking the medication.We need justice for our kids.

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I was prescribed risperdon and i am suffering mental anguish cant think frustrated paranoid about see another doc to get meds for my problems i suffer daily think dieing might be the only way to get peace my pex turn soft nipples grew early stage of man boobs inbarasing to be seen without a shirt when i drink a soda i open 3 or 4 daily smokes open 3 4 packs forgetful use to be clean freak everything was in order now i can't focaus with anything i do cant mechanic any more cant remodle house build anything cause my thoughts get scrambled it hurts lost all passion for life sex drive gone somedays like going threw hell and scared to vet help fearful the meds are going to cause me more defects thoughts wondering why they poisoned me and so many others im lost got a case in court and i want to see them put jn jail for what they done to me fill like im trapped in hell daily what do i does anyone have tbe same thoughts of giving up or am i alone

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Good afternoon. In trying to find out some information on the Risperdal claim for my son I came across this article. My son was severely autistic and had been on a few medications. They all had some side affects. We tried Risperdal hoping that this will be "the one" to help with his disability. No one knows the heart break like a parent when looking and dealing with their disabled child. My son took Risperdal at the age of 11. He gained a significant amount of weight and developed breasts as a result. He is now 25. He refuses to take off his shirt when we are at a pool during the summer months. He knows in his own way that this is not "normal". I hope that the outcome of these litigations against Johnson and Johnson brings some peace to all.

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Keep up the fight guys. Good job representing the young adults and kids that have been taken advantage of by these big pharma monsters.

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