J&J Wants Philly Judge Booted From Further Mesh Trials

Law360 (March 8, 2019, 6:54 PM EST) -- A Johnson & Johnson unit on Thursday urged the lead judge of Philadelphia County's complex litigation center to keep his fellow jurist from presiding over any further pelvic mesh trials against the company because of that judge's mother's pending case against the company over a different J&J product.

Medical device maker Ethicon Inc. is seeking a reassignment order from Judge Arnold L. New because Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr. has “repeatedly denied” motions to recuse himself from presiding over cases within the mass tort, in which women have claimed the device caused permanent injuries, according to motion. So far, Judge Powell...

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