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Abigail A. Hazlett, a partner in the White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the November 13, 2019 Law360 article, "Third Circ. Slams J&J Bid to Out HIV Drug Suit Whistleblowers."
However, they've made their credibility and motivations "central" to the New Jersey case, according to Janssen attorney Abigail A. Hazlett of Pepper Hamilton LLP. The attorney did acknowledge that the relators have offered to personally turn over the original complaint.
Janssen considers the confidentiality order the relators are requiring to be an "undue burden," according to Hazlett.
"It is a burden on us and there is no evidence that this is done for retaliation," Hazlett told the court.
Pressed by Circuit Judge J. Anthony Scirica to explain how the relators' anonymity would impact Janssen's deposition of them, Hazlett said Janssen wouldn't be able to ask questions about the claims in the Pennsylvania suit if it's uncertain the Does are the same relators.