Pa. Judge Will Revisit Out-Of-State Cases In Mesh Mass Tort

Law360, Philadelphia (August 2, 2017, 6:31 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state court judge on Wednesday said he would weigh whether two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the ability of trial courts to retain jurisdiction over claims from out-of-state plaintiffs affect nearly 100 cases in Philadelphia's pelvic mesh mass tort program.

In a one-page order, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New said he would reconsider a 2015 ruling that kept alive a number of cases brought by non-Pennsylvania litigants against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. Among the cases potentially impacted by the ruling is one that saw a defense verdict reversed earlier this month.

Ethicon argued...

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