The pharmaceutical company slammed earlier this month with an $8 billion verdict is arguing that the trial judge’s decision to high-five some jurors and pose in photos with them following the award demonstrates a pro-plaintiff bias and warrants the judge’s removal from the case.
Johnson & Johnson, which was hit with the record-breaking multibillion-dollar verdict Oct. 8, filed a motion Thursday asking that Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Powell, who oversaw the more than three-week trial, recuse from handling a post-trial motion seeking to strike down the verdict or have it greatly reduced. The six-page motion asks that another Philadelphia judge be brought in to review the case.
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