Analysis

Tampering Flap Puts J&J Trial Attys Under Ethics Microscope​

Law360, Dallas (October 17, 2017, 9:49 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge's referral to the U.S. attorney's office of witness tampering allegations in a bellwether trial over Johnson & Johnson hip implants is rare and could carry serious consequences, both inside the case and beyond, for company lawyers accused of indirectly pressuring a doctor for the plaintiffs, legal ethics experts say.

At the request of U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, two FBI agents and a federal prosecutor on Monday interviewed a doctor who treated three of the six plaintiffs in the trial, according to a transcript of the day's court proceedings.

Judge Kinkeade has also requested that a sales...

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