The $8 billion punitive damages verdict Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a user of the company’s Risperdal drug in a Philadelphia courtroom earlier this month could be a harbinger of jurors’ growing hostility toward drug companies, legal experts said.

The Risperdal verdict, which is expected to be reduced, is just one of a steady stream of breathtaking verdicts Johnson & Johnson has faced in litigation over the safety of its products. The number of verdicts has some lawyers saying it may be time for Johnson & Johnson to reconsider its scorched earth tactic of fighting all lawsuits.

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