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Pinnacle Bellwether Trial Status

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 marked the first bellwether trial regarding the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant.

Jury selection occurred on September 2nd. The trial proceeded with a nine member jury composed of five women and four men, including an attorney and a PhD pharmacist. Mark Lanier is the lead plaintiff’s attorney.

On Wednesday, September 3, opening statements occupied the morning. In the afternoon, Andrew Ekdahl, ex-DePuy President, took the stand. He was head of marketing during key periods in question. Currently, he is chairman of DePuy Synthes unit’s global orthopedic business. Ekdahl implies this is a promotion from his previous position. His testimony monopolized all of Wednesday afternoon as well as Thursday, September 4. Trial is not held on Fridays.

The trial is anticipated to last approximately 6-8 weeks.

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