Tuesday, September 18, 2012

J&J CEO Should Be Forced to Testify, Teen’s Lawyers Say - Bloomberg

via bloomberg.com

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s top executive should be forced to testify about claims that the company illegally marketed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, which allegedly caused boys to grow breasts, lawyers for a teenager suing the drugmaker said in a court filing.
Alex Gorsky, J&J’s chief executive officer, once ran the unit responsible for making and selling Risperdal and has intimate knowledge of the company’s illegal marketing efforts targeting doctors who treat troubled youths, lawyers for a 15- year-old Texas teen said in a filing in a Philadelphia state court. J&J attorneys contend Gorsky will be out of the country when jurors begin hearing evidence in the trial of the boy’s claims Sept. 24.
“There is no question that Mr. Gorsky had significant, direct and important involvement in the conduct that gave rise to this litigation,” Steve Sheller and Brian McCormick, two Philadelphia-based lawyers for the teen, said in a filing yesterday.
The suit is one of more than 400 against New Brunswick, New Jersey-based J&J and its Janssen unit alleging personal injuries caused by Risperdal, the company said in a regulatory filing last month. Last week, J&J settled the first case slated for trial over the breast-development claims.

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