Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal maker hit with $8B verdict

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia jury has decided that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals should pay $8 billion over an antipsychotic drug that the plaintiff's attorneys said is linked to the growth of female breast tissue in boys.

A law firm for the plaintiff released a statement Tuesday saying the companies used an organized scheme to make billions of dollars while illegally marketing and promoting the drug called Risperdal.

Johnson & Johnson said the jury's award "is grossly disproportionate with the initial compensatory award in this case," and that the company is "confident it will be overturned."

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