J&J Loses Mistrial Bid Over Curious Judge

Law360 (May 20, 2019, 7:01 PM EDT) -- A California judge turned down Johnson & Johnson's bid for a mistrial Monday in a lawsuit over claims asbestos in their talcum baby powder products caused a dying woman's cancer, rejecting their arguments that he unfairly questioned their witnesses and allowed in biased evidence on ovarian cancer.

At the start of the day Monday in the Oakland, California trial, Troy McMahan of King & Spalding LLP argued on behalf of J&J that Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch has unfairly questioned their witnesses and raised arguments that neither side has raised. McMahan argued that the judge's demeanor was giving the jury the...

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