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J&J Faces High-Stakes Appeal to Toss Pinnacle Hips Judgment

  • Challenge to $151 million judgment affects 10,000 other cases
  • Former Solicitor General Clement squares off against Ken Starr
Johnson & Johnson Products Ahead Of Earnings

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The stakes are high as Johnson & Johnson seeks an appeals-court ruling tossing out a $151 million judgment over its Pinnacle artificial hips in a case that could foreshadow the outcome for thousands of lawsuits over the devices.

J&J and its DePuy unit, which makes the artificial hips, had former Solicitor General Paul Clement argue Thursday that the judgment should be reversed because there’s insufficient evidence that the hips were defectively designed and marketed. The companies also attacked “highly inflammatory comments” at the trial by plaintiffs’ lawyer Mark Lanier.