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$8 BILLION 150 150 CMZ Law Lufkin/Houston

Case Description
In October 2019, our firm—along with co-counsel Tom Kline from Kline and Specter—won a record-breaking $8 billion punitive damage verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the makers of a medication called Risperdal. Our client suffered from a condition known as gynecomastia—the growth of female breasts on boys—after taking Risperdal.

Johnson & Johnson originally developed Risperdal to treat schizophrenia in adults. In order to make more profits Johnson & Johnson marketed the drug off-label to children. Johnson & Johnson withheld scientific data from the public showing that the drug caused this serious deformity in young boys. Johnson & Johnson hurt the most vulnerable members of our society just to make a few more dollars.

The jury sent Johnson & Johnson a message: it is not acceptable to knowingly hurt children.

Johnson & Johnson needs to change its ways.

The $8 billion verdict set multiple records. It is the third largest jury verdict ever obtained for an individual plaintiff in the United States, and it is the largest single-plaintiff jury verdict ever won in Pennsylvania.

$205 Million
$205 Million 150 150 CMZ Law Lufkin/Houston

CMZ achieved a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of their clients. The settlement was reached after years of hard-fought litigation that overcame multiple procedural and substantive hurdles. After dozens of depositions, the case settled shortly before trial.

$ 171 Million
$ 171 Million 150 150 CMZ Law Lufkin/Houston

CMZ obtained one of the largest confidential settlements in history for any catastrophic event. Our firm accepted a case that many law firms turned down and ultimately achieved a record result for their clients. During the course of several years, lawyers for Arnold & Itkin took more than 200 depositions, defeated numerous motions, went through the appellate court system multiple times, and, ultimately, reached a record result.

$117 MILLION 150 150 CMZ Law Lufkin/Houston

Case Description
Arnold & Itkin, LLP successfully tried a case on behalf of the victim of a severe ambulance accident. The plaintiff had been seven months pregnant and experiencing stomach pain when she called Acadian Ambulance to pick her up and transport her to the hospital in December 2010. The driver of the ambulance who picked her up had a history of bad driving and poor vision. When driving down LA-1 North, he dropped his RSI device onto the floor. Without reducing speed, he leaned down to locate and grab it – completely looking away from the road. During this time, he drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck. The plaintiff’s spine was severed at T4 during the accident and she sustained serious brain injuries. Arnold & Itkin’s client had no chance of a full recovery; she will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

At the time of the verdict, she had already sustained medical bills in excess of $1.4 million, with an estimated cost of $30 million for her future care plan. After the accident, her unborn daughter was prematurely delivered; since then, both the infant and the plaintiff’s other daughter have gone to live with their grandmother.

Arnold & Itkin, LLP was able to successfully prove fault on behalf of the ambulance driver and succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.