Hidden Expert Pay Gets J&J New Trial After $502M Verdict
By Jess Krochtengel (April 26, 2018, 10:59 AM EDT) -- A $502 million jury verdict in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegedly faulty hip implants was marred by "unequivocally deceptive" payments made to expert witnesses by the lead plaintiff's lawyer Mark Lanier, who told jurors repeatedly the witnesses were unpaid, the Fifth Circuit said Wednesday in an opinion ordering a new trial.
"Let us speak plainly: Lawyers cannot engage with a favorable expert, pay him 'for his time,' then invite him to testify as a purportedly 'nonretained' neutral party," the Fifth Circuit said in ordering a new trial for Johnson & Johnson. (AP) Lanier had told jurors during...
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