Johnson & Johnson has moved for a mistrial in a high-stakes talcum powder case after the judge struck the closing argument of its attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Diane Sullivan, then allowed the plaintiffs attorneys to wrap up with statements “soaked with venom.”

In a motion filed on Monday, Johnson & Johnson said Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Ana Viscomi’s decision to strike Sullivan’s Sept. 4 closing arguments was improper and prejudiced the jury, which is in deliberations.