J&J Says CEO Questioning Voids $186M Asbestos Trial Award

Law360 (February 28, 2020, 3:52 PM EST) -- Johnson & Johnson has told a New Jersey state court that the "improper and unduly prejudicial" questioning of CEO Alex Gorsky by opposing counsel at trial requires setting aside the $186 million in combined punitive damages later awarded against the pharmaceutical giant over claims it knowingly sold baby powder with asbestos.

J&J cited problems with how plaintiffs' attorney Chris J. Panatier questioned Gorsky and made closing arguments about his testimony, including suggesting the executive improperly exercised stock options the same day a Reuters reporter emailed the company about her upcoming article on the baby powder allegedly containing asbestos.

The company pointed...

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