NJ Judge Higbee Promoted From Mass Torts To Appeals Court

By Greg Ryan (March 13, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Judge Carol Higbee, who oversees mass tort litigation against Johnson & Johnson, Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. and other drug and medical device giants, is being elevated to the state's appellate division, a court official said Thursday.

The reassignment is currently only temporary, from April 14 to June 20. However, it could become permanent if Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner approves her for the position, according to Tammy Kendig, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey judicial system.

"This an opportunity for the judge to see whether she likes it and to see how well it goes," Kendig said.

Judge Higbee currently...

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