The judge overseeing the pelvic mesh mass tort in Philadelphia has agreed to let the plaintiffs perform limited additional depositions related to a jurisdictional dispute that recently reignited in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New on Oct. 13 granted defendant Ethicon’s motion for a protective order that sought to block the plaintiffs from taking additional depositions about the mesh-maker’s relationship with one of its materials suppliers. The ruling, however, also allowed the plaintiffs to depose both a corporate designee and the strategic sourcing manager for Ethicon, which is facing more than 100 pelvic mesh cases in Pennsylvania state court.
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