Continuing in its efforts to find a new judge for the thousands of Accutane cases pending in New Jersey state court, Hoffman-La Roche filed notice to appeal a decision by presiding Judge Carol E. Higbee not to recuse herself in the case.
The state judge overseeing Accutane mass tort litigation in New Jersey has denied Hoffmann- La Roche’s motion asking that she recuse herself.
A judge was not automatically required to recuse himself based on his prior consultation with an attorney who appeared as counsel in the case presently before him, the Florida Supreme Court’s judicial ethics committee has concluded in an advisory opinion.
Drug maker Hoffmann- La Roche has asked for the recusal of the New Jersey judge overseeing the Accutane mass tort litigation, asserting that Judge Carol E. Higbee is siding unfairly with plaintiffs who allege injuries from the acne drug.
WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John G. Roberts used his annual year-end report to rebuff assertions by critics that some justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have flouted their ethical obligations by deciding not to recuse themselves from certain cases.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has halted all proceedings in the case of a record-setting asbestos verdict until it determines whether the trial judge should have recused himself.
WASHINGTON – Members of a House Judiciary subcommittee searched for ways to curb federal judges who refuse to step aside in cases where a conflict of interest is apparent, saying such refusals deny litigants a fair chance in court.