Jurors Can Hear About MDL In DePuy Hip Implant Bellwether

By Jess Krochtengel (September 29, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Monday allowed the plaintiff in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. to tell jurors about the 6,500 other cases pending in multidistrict litigation that allege defects in a metal-on-metal hip implant, lifting an earlier order that barred discussion of the other plaintiffs.

In the fifth week of an eight-week trial, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade said from the bench that DePuy had opened the door to the mention of the other pending cases that target its Pinnacle hip implant by calling plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli's case an outlier and suggesting the doctors...

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