Pinnacle Bellwether Trial Status (Week 3 9/15–9/21)
On September 14th, the defendants filed a Motion for Mistrial concerning Dr. Nargol’s testimony. The plaintiffs filed their response on September 15th. The court then denied the Motion for Mistrial and request to disregard Dr. Nargol’s testimony. Subsequently, Pam Plouhar, DePuy V.P. of Clinical Research, took the stand. Ms. Plouhar’s testimony continued on Tuesday, September 16th. Wednesday, September 17th was Plouhar’s third day on the stand. She was examined by both plaintiffs and defendants. She was dismissed that same day, and will not return for further questioning.
On Thursday, September 18th, Dr. John Fisher, defense tribologist, took the stand (a tribologist studies the science of rubbing surfaces). He has strong ties with J&J and DePuy. His testimony occupied the entire day.