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Depuy Pinnacle

Medical Implant Review Process

Pinnacle Bellwether Trial Status (Week 4 9/22-9/28) Last week, the remainder of Dr. Nargol’s video deposition was played following the conclusion of Dr. Fisher’s testimony. On Monday, September 22nd, Dr. Henrik Malchau, an orthopedic surgeon and professor at Harvard, took the stand. He performed two of the plaintiff’s revision surgeries. The jury watched a video of one of the revisions. Dr. Malchau described the surgery from the stand. He mentioned pervasive metal stained tissue and grossly abnormal fluid. His testimony continued, and subsequently concluded, on Tuesday, September 23rd. The jury then watched a video from the index surgeon, Dr. Allmacher. … Read More

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 … Read More

Bellwether Trial Status On Monday, September 8th, Polly Cary, Product Director of Marketing, took the stand via video deposition. Matt Reimink, a manager of the hip project division group, followed with his video deposition which continued on Tuesday, September 9th. September 9th also included Paul Berman, former Marketing Director of DePuy, provided his deposition via video and Dr.Thomas Schmalzried who took the stand in the afternoon. Dr.Schmalzried is an orthopedic design surgeon who entered a consulting agreement with DePuy in 1996. Dr. Schmalzried’s testimony continued throughout the day on Wednesday, September 10th. The first portion of Mark Lanier’s examination of … Read More

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 … Read More