Pa. Mesh Judge Won't Recuse Over Mom's Case Against J&J

Law360 (November 26, 2018, 3:16 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania state judge is refusing to step aside from presiding over an upcoming trial over a Johnson & Johnson unit’s allegedly defective pelvic mesh despite concerns that his mother is pursuing her own product liability case against the company.

Judge Kenneth Powell in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas inked a one-page order on Wednesday brushing aside arguments from J&J unit Ethicon Inc. that hearing the case while his mother pursues a lawsuit involving what the company called “similar subject matter” would create an appearance of impropriety warranting his recusal.

The judge did not issue an opinion outlining his...

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