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Hidden Expert-Pay Ruling Won’t Improve J&J Odds At Retrial

Law360 (April 30, 2018, 7:06 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision to toss a $150 million award against Johnson & Johnson because of “unequivocally deceptive” statements to the jury by lead plaintiffs lawyer Mark Lanier about payments to expert witnesses isn’t a total victory for J&J, which still must face the bulk of claims against its allegedly defective hip implants at retrial.

The three-judge appeals panel didn’t mince words in describing Lanier’s failure to disclose a $10,000 donation to a charity picked by one of the orthopedic surgeon witnesses before trial, a...
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