J&J Tells 5th Circ. Hip Implant MDL Is Flawed

By Emily Field (June 23, 2016, 10:59 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit told the Fifth Circuit Thursday that the Texas federal court overseeing multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Pinnacle hip prosthetics has been abusing the bellwether process and asked for a halt to a trial scheduled for early fall.

In a petition for a writ of mandamus, J&J and DePuy told the panel that marching ahead with another trial now would corrupt the bellwether process as a number of rulings in the last trial — which resulted in a nearly $500 million verdict for five plaintiffs — have vast implications for the rest of the cases...

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