Nicholas Murray filed a lawsuit against Johnson&Johnson because of a side effect from their drug, Risperdal. It had been prescribed after Mr. Murray, now 26, was diagnosed with Autism in 2003. In rare cases, the drug causes growth of male breast tissues.
This week, a Philadelphia jury ruled that Murray is to receive $8 billion in punitive damages from the company.
That’s just the beginning for Johnson&Johnson. More than 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against the company for this drug’s impact on boys. The suits generally claim that the company was aware of the risk without telling doctors.