J&J, DePuy Fight Hip Implant Claims Ahead Of 4th Bellwether

By Michelle Casady (August 2, 2017, 9:47 PM EDT) -- Staring down a fourth bellwether trial over its Pinnacle Ultamet line of metal-on-metal hip implants, Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday told a Texas federal judge it can't be held liable for products made by subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics.

The company and its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit argued for an early win in five separate motions for summary judgment filed Tuesday. DePuy told the court that though the seven plaintiffs for the bellwether are from New York, New Jersey and Indiana law should apply because those are the home states of the defendant companies.

In J&J's motion for summary judgment filed Tuesday, the...

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