Johnson & Johnson wins appeal to overturn $151 million hip implant verdict

Johnson & Johnson wins appeal to overturn $151 million hip implant verdictJohnson & Johnson on Wednesday secured a favorable U.S. appellate court ruling, overturning a verdict that had awarded $151 million to five people who blamed injuries they suffered on the company's Pinnacle hip implant devices. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said two of the plaintiffs' defective marketing claims were legally insufficient and a new trial was required overall in the case because of a judge's evidentiary rulings and "deceptions" by their lawyer. U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, writing for the three-judge panel, said U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas erred in allowing the hip implant recipients' lawyers to present certain "inflammatory character evidence" about J&J. Smith said the "most problematic evidence" were bribes J&J paid to "henchmen" of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, allegations stemming from the company's agreement in 2011 to pay $70 million to resolve U.S. foreign bribery probes.



Ex-Minnesota policeman to argue self-defense in Australian woman's shooting death-newspaper

Ex-Minnesota policeman to argue self-defense in Australian woman's shooting death-newspaperMohamed Noor, 32, who has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond, will next appear in court on May 8, online court records showed. Minnesota's Star Tribune newspaper reported it obtained a court filing in the case made on Wednesday that said Noor intends to claim he used “reasonable force” when he shot Damond, a spiritual healer from Sydney, should the case go to trial.



Ex-California policeman arrested in 'Golden State' serial killer case

Ex-California policeman arrested in 'Golden State' serial killer caseAn elderly former policeman has been arrested and charged with eight murders attributed to the Golden State Killer, a serial criminal responsible for dozens of rapes and slayings that terrorized parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s, authorities said on Wednesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has previously said that the man sought in the 40-year-old case was tied to 12 slayings, 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries in and around Sacramento, the eastern San Francisco Bay area and Southern California.



Trump lawyer Cohen will invoke 5th Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels case

Trump lawyer Cohen will invoke 5th Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels caseIn a filing in Los Angeles federal court, Cohen said he decided to assert his constitutional right after the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room two weeks ago. "Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York," Cohen wrote in the filing.



Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'

Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'By Mica Rosenberg and Dan Levine NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries amounted to more than window dressing. Immigration attorneys and visa applicants from countries covered have complained about the scarcity of waivers granted and the lack of transparency around a process intended for applicants with serious medical needs or significant personal and business ties to the United States. The four-month-old ban, Republican President Donald Trump's third attempt to restrict travel from countries he says pose a threat, is the latest to face court challenges.





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