Pa. Justices Won't Boot Philly Judge From Mesh Trial

Law360 (March 12, 2019, 8:21 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a Johnson & Johnson unit’s bid to have a Philadelphia County judge removed from overseeing pelvic mesh injury trials, including a case set to begin this week, based on his mother’s pending lawsuit against a separate J&J subsidiary.

J&J subsidiary Ethicon Inc. told the court in an emergency petition last week that Judge Kenneth Powell had displayed an unwillingness to fully consider its arguments regarding recusal even as he continued to be assigned to oversee mesh cases as part of a mass tort program in Philadelphia County.

While Ethicon said that Judge Powell’s continued...

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