Plaintiffs’ lawyer Mark Lanier was “slapped down for distortions in court” after a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judge said his “obvious, egregious and impactful” actions distorted the jury, said the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.
The board, who said Lanier’s “specialty” is suing over hip replacements, pointed to the “irrelevant” stories Lanier told the jury, including unrelated corruption allegations and misleading information on whether his witnesses were paid for their testimony. The 5th Circuit judge called this “deception, plain and simple.”
The case, which would have awarded plaintiffs $151 million and given Lanier a “nice payday,” is now headed for a retrial. The board said it hopes the lower court that originally allowed Lanier’s actions has “learned a lesson in policing dishonesty.”