J&J Faces Hip MDL Trial Amid Series Of Pro-Plaintiff Rulings

By Jess Krochtengel (September 30, 2016, 11:20 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson will return to Dallas federal court Monday for a third bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over its hip implants after a blockbuster $502 million verdict in March, with lawyers watching to see if the proceeding will add to a string of controversial pro-plaintiff rulings the company is fighting on appeal.

The third bellwether will try the claims of six plaintiffs who say they were injured by defective metal-on-metal hip implants from the Pinnacle line of J&J's DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit. As with the second trial, which involved five plaintiffs, the choice by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to...

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