Weil Gotshal Atty Scolded Over Witness In Risperdal Trial

Law360, Philadelphia (February 10, 2015, 6:19 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania state judge admonished a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary's attorney from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP for treating a fact witness employed by the company as an expert as defense testimony began Tuesday in a trial over side effects of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi said Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. biochemist Ivo Caers was not in a position to testify on pharmaceutical regulations in the U.S., emphasizing that he was there to speak specifically to his own experience with the Risperdal approval process.

“There are some rules of civil procedure in this state...

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