Attorney Jason Itkin, Kyle Findley, and the team from Arnold & Itkin, including Santana McMurrey and Cory Itkin, won a $76.6 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical. Jason and Kyle represented a family that sued J&J for failing to warn them that J&J’s antipsychotic medicine Risperdal could cause young boys to grow female breasts. By winning the verdict, Arnold & Itkin held J&J accountable for disfiguring their client.
The defendants fought at every turn. They argued that this was the only drug that worked, that he continued to stay on the drug after being informed of the risks, and that the drug does not cause gynecomastia (female breasts growth on males). During trial, the Arnold & Itkin attorneys also uncovered evidence through cross-examination that became known in the case as "Tab 4." The information in Tab 4 had never become public until the trial. Tab 4 included scientific data showing a link between Risperdal and gynecomastia. J&J intentionally kept Tab 4 secret, withholding it from the FDA and keeping it out of published scientific studies.The jury found that J&J intentionally falsified, concealed, or destroyed material evidence.
After an 11 day trial, the Philadelphia jury unanimously found that the defendant failed to warn of the side effects associated with the drug and that the failure to warn was a substantial factor in causing gynecomastia. The jury awarded Arnold & Itkin’s client $76.6 million. This is the largest single verdict in a Risperdal-gynecomastia case.
"Johnson & Johnson hurt their child. Johnson & Johnson disfigured their child. When the Younts learned how they did it and why they did it, they said it doesn’t matter where we have to go or what we have to do, we won’t rest until we have done everything in our power to hold them responsible."- Jason Itkin
“They really care about people. I never thought I’d feel that way about a lawyer. It’s been pounded in my head all my life: they’re just out for the money. But that’s not so. Arnold & Itkin, they care about people. They’re in the fight for the right reasons—I really believe that.”- Terry Yount