STORY FROM: Hip & Knee Implant Litigation

DePuy Pinnacle MDL Judge Limits Plaintiffs’ Deposition of J&J Marketing Representative

DALLAS — The Texas federal judge overseeing the DePuy Pinnacle hip multidistrict litigation has limited the scope of plaintiffs’ planned deposition of defendants’ marketing representative to topics concerning Johnson & Johnson’s involvement in corporate messaging.

In a July 7 order, Judge Ed Kinkeade further held that the deposition topics should include the role of J&J’s marketing department in the June 2012 FDA hearing on the safety of metal-on-metal implants, and J&J’s involvement in DePuy’s revisions to the Pinnacle device’s Instructions For Use.

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Johnson & Johnson moved for a protective order in response to plaintiffs’ March 20 ...

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