National Law Journal reports today that Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mark Lanier has been accused by health services company Johnson & Johnson of "lying to a federal judge and jury about payments he made to two expert witnesses in a pivotal hip implant trial last year in Dallas" that resulted in a $202 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson.
As Palmetto Business Daily reported last month, Lanier hosted an April fundraiser in Houston, TX for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
National Law Journal notes that Lanier, in an email, called the allegations "laughable" and said that “J&J paints a one-sided version, fails to tell the whole story, and leaves a false impression.”
On April 20, the Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote about Lanier's April fundraiser for Graham, labeling the senator the "tort bar's Senate undertaker."
"Mr. Graham has every right to take campaign cash from all comers, and in this case he is a true believer," wrote the editorial board. "He’s long fought tort reform, and his legal friends have rewarded him with some $3.7 million over his 24-year Senate career."
The editorial continued, "Now his services are truly needed, like Bonasera the undertaker in 'The Godfather.' Mr. Lanier wants Mr. Graham to use all of his powers, all of his skills, to bury at least two bills that have passed the House that address major tort-bar abuses."
The bills referred to in that editorial are the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act.
The former piece of legislation was strongly endorsed by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in an interview with Palmetto Business Daily published earlier this week. In that same story, a Graham spokesperson declined to note whether or not the senator supported the bill, replying simply the the bill "hasn't come up yet."
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.