The first Levaquin lawsuit to go to trial made a loud statement. A Minnesota jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.8 million in a Levaquin failure to warn case. The jury sent Johnson & Johnson a real message: $1.1 million of the award was punitive damages. When the jury’s punitive damages award exceeds the actual damage award, you can be sure of one thing: the jury was offended by what J&J did. The jury spent three weeks with J&J and got to know them a little bit. They won’t be taking them out for a beer.
Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleged that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn patients that its Levaquin may cause tendon damage. The verdict from a jury of eight men and four women comes after nearly three weeks of often-riveting, but sometimes mind-numbingly technical testimony that explored the wiles of epidemiology, clinical studies and complicated drug regulations.