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Risperdal bottle Johnson & Johnson’s schizophrenia drug Risperdal at Skenderian Apothecary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Jan. 23, 2007. Photo: JB Reed/Bloomberg News.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the start date of the statute of limitations for bringing products liability claims over antipsychotic drug Risperdal must be determined by a jury following a factual analysis in each individual case.

In identical 6-1 decisions issued Nov. 20 in Saksek v. Janssen and Winter v. Janssen, the justices overturned a Superior Court ruling that granted summary judgment to Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen and tossed out lawsuits filed by plaintiffs Jonathan Saksek and Joshua Winter—and, by extension, thousands of other plaintiffs—who alleged they developed excess breast tissue as a result of taking Risperdal.

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Zack Needles

Zack Needles is Global Managing Editor, Regional Brands at ALM. He is also the Managing Editor of The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Delaware Business Court Insider and Delaware Law Weekly. Contact him at 215-557-2373 or [email protected] On Twitter: @ZackNeedlesTLI.

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