Tensions ran high during a hearing Wednesday over Johnson & Johnson’s accusations that a Philadelphia judge showed pro-plaintiff bias when he posed for photos and allegedly high-fived jurors after the pharmaceutical giant was hit with an $8 billion award earlier this month.
For much of the nearly 90-minute hearing about recusal, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Powell spoke directly to J&J’s counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath attorney David Abernethy, saying none of his rulings were biased and that the multibillion-dollar award was not caused by any of his actions, but was the result of the lawyers’ actions.
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