J&J Trial's Remote Witnesses Test Limits Of Subpoena Power

Law360, New York (October 12, 2016, 6:21 PM EDT) -- On Thursday, lawyers suing Johnson & Johnson will open a window on screen in a Texas courtroom and grill an executive a thousand miles away over the company's metal-shedding artificial hips, a controversial mode of testimony that's already piqued the Fifth Circuit's interest and that one expert calls an invitation for "court-sanctioned harassment" of executives.

The plaintiffs in the suit say that friction between the artificial hips' metal socket and the metal ball head that fits inside rubs away trillions of microscopic particles with every step and, over time, causes bone to erode and surrounding tissue to inflame. U.S. District Judge...

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