Philly Judge Won't Boot Colleague From J&J Mesh Dispute

Law360 (March 25, 2019, 5:58 PM EDT) -- The judge overseeing Philadelphia's mesh litigation program has declined a Johnson & Johnson unit's bid to remove a judge from presiding over any further pelvic mesh trials against the company because of litigation involving that judge's mother and a different J&J product.

Judge Arnold L. New on Friday did not expand in his sentence-long order on his rationale for denying the request by Ethicon Inc. that Judge Kenneth Powell should be removed from the cases involving allegedly defective pelvic mesh implants because his mother is part of litigation against another J&J subsidiary over the anticoagulant drug Xarelto.

Judge New's order on Friday...

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