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J&J Defense Verdict

Members of Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical Medical Device and Healthcare Industry Team helped secure two defense verdicts for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Development, LLC and Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in products liability cases involving the fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Levaquin. The plaintiffs filed suit against Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil claiming the drug caused their Achilles tendon injuries and that the label inadequately warned of the association between tendon injuries and fluoroquinolones. After six weeks of trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, in Atlantic City, the jury returned a defense verdict on October 14, 2011, for Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil as to both plaintiffs. Christy D. Jones served as lead trial counsel and assisting in trial preparation wereAdam J. Spicer, Chad R. Hutchinson and Liz Smithhart.