Johnson & Johnson has lost its bid to have Philadelphia Judge Kenneth Powell removed from handling any future pelvic mesh trials in Philadelphia.

On Friday, the judge overseeing Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center declined to grant a motion by J&J subsidiary Ethicon, which had requested that Powell be barred from handling pelvic mesh trials because his mother is pursuing a lawsuit against another J&J subsidiary over the blood thinner Xarelto. The one-sentence order, entered by supervising Judge Arnold New, did not explain the reasoning behind the decision.

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