$257.7 million decision upheld by appeals court

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An appeals court has upheld a jury verdict in a fraud lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceutical and Johnson & Johnson.

The $257.7 million decision was originally handed down in 2010 by a St. Landry Parish jury in a case brought by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Caldwell sued the companies over misrepresentations regarding Risperdal's link to diabetes in order to obtain funds from Louisiana's Medicaid program.

Risperdal is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.

"The appeals court ruling serves as a powerful reminder that a drug company's misleading safety claims will not be tolerated in Louisiana," said Attorney General Caldwell.  "The Attorney General's Office will continue to move aggressively against those who commit Medicaid fraud."

Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the decision.

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