J&J Demands Mistrial As DePuy Chief Takes Stand

By Cara Salvatore (October 5, 2016, 11:11 PM EDT) -- For the second time, Johnson & Johnson has demanded a mistrial in a bellwether targeting its metal-shedding artificial hips, amid hours of testimony Wednesday by a defiant DePuy Orthopaedics president, including on the subject of ads starring the Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

As DePuy CEO Andrew Ekdahl — earlier its vice president for strategy and vice president for hip marketing — contested every inch of ground Wednesday regarding research vindicating part of the Pinnacle hip system, lawyers for J&J and DePuy requested a mistrial. Plaintiffs in the 8,800-case multidistrict litigation say the metal-on-metal variety of Pinnacle hips caused them health problems....

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