A Manhattan judge has sanctioned plaintiffs attorneys in a talcum powder case for their “frivolous” behavior in disclosing the deposition of Johnson & Johnson’s CEO to the news media in violation of a protective order.

New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez found that attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy, in disclosing the deposition to Reuters before a 30-day window outlined in the protective order, was inappropriate, according to his Jan. 14 sanctions order.

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