Posted by Sarah Showard | Jun 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Pinnacle hip prosthetics, has asked that pending bellwether trials be put on hold while it appeals the recent $497.6 million verdict awarded in March of this year.

J&J's attorneys filed post-trial motions and have indicated that depending on the outcome of those motions an appeal may be filed in the Fifth Circuit on a number of issues they believe will effect how the rest of the cases are tried.  It is their position that no additional trials should be held until the issues are addressed by the court of appeals or the MDL will be “at risk of becoming a costly exercise in inefficiency for all involved.” 

Mark Lanier, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the March trial stated that, “[t]his is a futile attempt at delay that should be dead on arrival.” 

The next trial was set to begin in September and there are more than 8,000 cases currently pending in the MDL. 

About the Author

Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Womens Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorne...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Showard Law Firm-Tucson's Local Law Firm for defective drug & medical device claims.

Showard 20staff 202017 201026 20special 20edit edit.jpg 20small

Showard Law Firm is dedicated to compassionate representation for our clients who have been injured by defective products, dangerous drugs or the negligence of any individual or company. We are experienced in litigation and ready to ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries, medical bills, mental anguish and other losses.

Sarah Showard and Dr. Peter Ott - 2018 Heart Ball Chairs


Sarah and Peter are the proud chairs of this year's Heart and Stroke Ball, held on 2/17/18 at the El Conquistador. With a western theme "Heart of the West", this important fund raiser is in its 60th year, all raising funds to help with research and advances in the case against heart disease in the Tucson community.