Johnson & Johnson depuy hip lawsuit Trial Update
Plaintiffs Claim Witness Tampering In Depuy Hip Trial
November 2, 2017
The fourth bellwether trial involving allegations Johnson & Johnson and DePuy made and marketed a defective metal-on-metal hip implant, known as the Pinnacle Ultamet, is underway in Texas. However, about a month into the trial the Plaintiffs raised an allegation of witness tampering. Johnson & Johnson claims that the accusations have been “overblown” by plaintiffs’ counsel. In a highly unusual move, the Judge referred the accusations to law enforcement.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy said the evidence obtained to date shows there’s no need to derail the ongoing civil trial while the U.S. attorney’s office continues with the criminal investigation.
The companies said their lawyers had merely made a few phone calls to schedule a “routine, legal and legitimate” conversation with an employee of their client who might have knowledge pertinent to the litigation.
The Plaintiffs say that a doctor who treated three of the six plaintiffs was “tainted” by an in-person conversation with a DePuy sales representative who expressed concern about the doctor coming to testify, purportedly after DePuy lawyers “pressured” the sales representative in a series of phone calls.
The stakes involved are enormous. Over 9000 cases remain in the MDL. Johnson & Johnson has so far refused to resolve the cases. If another verdict comes in for hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars, it is hoped that these cases will move towards appropriate settlement.
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