Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NVS) was found liable by a federal jury for jawbone damage in a woman who took the drug Zometa, and she was awarded $10.45 million, a lawyer for the plaintiff said.
The verdict, which couldn’t be immediately confirmed in court records, is the second-largest among similar cases over Zometa, Vecchione said. It is the fourth win for plaintiffs out of eight Zometa-related jawbone cases that have gone to trial, he said. The jury in the Davids case awarded $450,000 in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages, he said.
“What’s happening is these juries are seeing very bad behavior,” Vecchione said in a phone interview. “These juries are finding this evidence particularly egregious.”