With another potentially $1 billion verdict on the line, two heavyweight lawyers—plaintiffs’ counsel W. Mark Lanier and defense lawyer John Beisner—are trading ever-escalating accusations and barbs in court papers in a high-stakes DePuy hip implant trial.

Lanier and his team are complaining of improper conduct and frivolous objections, and lawyers for hip implant maker Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. have accused plaintiffs’ attorneys of misleading the jurors and springing new evidence on them in a “trial by ambush.”

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