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Johnson & Johnson Attempts to Block Hip Replacement Case

July 27, 2017
Johnson & Johnson has petitioned the Fifth Circuit Court to prevent a Texas federal judge from presiding over a bellwether trial concerning the company’s allegedly dangerous metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, arguing that the court has jurisdiction only over the pretrial portion of the legal proceedings in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case.

The company argues that, since the trial involves some non-Texas residents, the trial – the fourth such bellwether case in the MDL – should be dismissed.

The judge in question is U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who presided over three of the previous bellwether trials involving the metal-on-metal hip replacement devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics.

In the first trial, J & J won; in the second, the company was ordered to pay out about $150 million; in the third, J & J was ordered to pay about $543 million. Johnson & Johnson argues that Judge Kinkeade has made prejudicial errors in presiding over the cases.

The company has attempted on two other occasions to have Judge Kinkeade removed from the MDL case. Both attempts failed.

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