Defense Puts on Evidence for Second Week in DePuy Pinnacle Trial
Hi, this is Stuart Talley. I’m the partner here responsible for the DePuy metal-on-metal Pinnacle cases. The reason we’re doing this video today is to provide an update on the ongoing trial in the first metal on metal pinnacle case to be tried in the country that is currently pending in Dallas, Texas.
The report for this week is that the defendants are still putting on their case. We’re now in the seventh week. The defense has been putting on evidence for about two weeks now and this week we heard from a series of expert witnesses that they’ve called to the stand. All of these experts have opinions that are negative to the plaintiff. They are blaming the surgeon who put in the hip and the angle of the cups that were put in the hip as the cause of the problems that the plaintiff had. So that has really been a deep used defense in this case. What they have alleged is that the reason that the plaintiff had so many problems with her hips was that the cups were put in at an extreme angle. So that’s what these experts have testified.
We also heard this week some more of what we call videotape testimony. This is where somebody has been deposed earlier in the case as part of the discovery process. The videotape of the person’s deposition is played to the jury. So we heard from Mr. Ekdahl this week, who is the CEO of Depew. His testimony was provided by videotape to, in essence, just add some things that the defendants thought needed to be put into the record. Now we are on the very last week of trial next week closing arguments. This case should be going to a jury very soon. How long that jury will take to make a decision is unclear but it could be anywhere from one day to two weeks. It just really depends on how difficult a time the jury has making a decision on the case.
We will have some more updates next week on the closing arguments. We will have in-depth analysis. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide a lot of discussion of what exactly occurred. The closing arguments in this case is where the lawyers in essence sum up everything that’s been presented over the last seven weeks of trial.
So stay tuned because we’ll have some more information for you. If you have a metal-on-metal Pinnacle, feel free to give us a call. You can reach us at the phone number on the screen or through a website. We represent a lot of people with metal-on-metal Pinnacles and we’d be happy to provide any information that you need to evaluate your situation and whether you have a claim or not. Feel free to give us a call.