J&J Can't Get Pa. Mesh Mistrial Over Expert's Heart Attack

Law360 (March 28, 2019, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A Philadelphia judge has refused to declare a mistrial in an ongoing pelvic mesh injury trial based on what a Johnson & Johnson unit said was its inability to call an expert witness recovering from a recent medical emergency.

Rather than declare a mistrial in the case, which kicked off earlier this month, Judge Kenneth Powell in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas opted on Tuesday to put the proceedings on hold until J&J subsidiary Ethicon Inc.'s expert witness is cleared by his medical team to return to work after suffering a heart attack.

“This arrangement allowed us to avoid...

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