W. Mark Lanier, the Houston plaintiffs lawyer who won a $234.4 million jury verdict in Angleton in the nation’s first Vioxx trial, isn’t mincing words: May 29′s Texas appeals court opinion reversing a judgment in that suit is “judicial activism for corporate America.”

Lanier says the 10-page 14th Court of Appeals opinion, written by Chief Justice Adele Hedges, is “cursory” and “seems to construe the evidence in favor of the defendant and leaves out all of the evidence that supports the verdict.”

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