Judge will not allow jurors access to witness tampering testimony in depuy metal hip trial
Depuy Pinnacle Metal Hip Lawsuit Update
November 14, 2017
A Texas federal judge has refused to allow jurors in the fourth bellwether hip implant liability trial to hear testimony related to alleged witness tampering. These allegations arose from communications between a lawyer for Johnson and Johnson and a company sales representative.
This decision came a day before the much awaited closing argument in the trial in which six plaintiffs who had Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal hip implants allege Johnson & Johnson made a defective product and failed to adequately warn of its risks.
For the past month, the FBI has have been investigating allegations that a DePuy sales representative “tainted” a witness just days before he was set to testify.
The representative testified he told the witness that lawyers for DePuy were on him "like crazy,” put “big-time pressure” on him, had “peppered” him and that he was concerned the witness’s testimony in the trial could lead to ramifications for the doctor's practice.
This testimony was contrary to another description he gave regarding the conversations with Johnson & Johnson lawyers.
Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson expressed pleasure with the ruling, calling the witness tampering allegations “overblown”.
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are pleased that this issue is behind us. If Johnson & Johnson loses this trial, it would have given them an issue to appeal. The evidence did not appear to support the allegations going to the jury and the Judge made the right call. With thousands of victims waiting for compensation, it is hoped that the results of this 4th trial will finally bring Johnson and Johnson to the table.
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