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After a New Jersey jury handed it a $750 million punitive damages verdict in a suit alleging its baby powder caused four people to develop mesothelioma, Johnson & Johnson is seeking a new trial or a reduced verdict.

Counsel for the plaintiffs in court papers filed Monday defended their questioning of company CEO Alex Gorsky, calling its questions about his rate of pay relevant to his credibility and potential bias. That comes after Johnson & Johnson’s lawyers, in motions filed in February for a new trial on punitive damages, for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, and for remittitur, took issue with the plaintiffs’ subpoena of Gorsky at trial. Jurors, Johnson & Johnson said, were exposed to inflammatory and inadmissible evidence, yielding an award that “breaches the outer limit of constitutional propriety.”

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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