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5th Circ. Asked To Consolidate Hip MDL Bellwether Appeals

Law360, Houston (January 9, 2017, 8:05 PM EST) -- Patients in appeals stemming from multidistrict litigation lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over its hip prosthetics on Friday asked the Fifth Circuit to consolidate the appeals from the second and third bellwether trials, arguing that substantial overlap of the facts involved makes a consolidated appeal more efficient.

Citing the overlap, the patients told the court it would be the best use of court resources to consolidate the appeals to be heard by a single panel. The patients said Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc....
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