Judge Defends Jury But Carves $2M From Mesh Verdict
Law360, Los Angeles (October 20, 2016, 6:55 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge on Thursday halved a $4 million punitive damages verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit in a defective pelvic mesh lawsuit, but waxed philosophical about J&J attorneys' attempts to undermine a diligent jury's verdict.
Chief U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land applied a statutory, $2 million damages cap to the jury's punitive award but rejected Mentor Worldwide LLC's bid to overturn the entire verdict in a 46-page order. He said that his perspective is informed by the experience of trying 12 jury trials in a 10-month period — "a perspective that brings focus to the difference between a...
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