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A Texas judge presiding over lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' Pinnacle metal-on-metal implants orders plaintiffs and defendants to work together.

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics must work together with plaintiffs who are suing the company over allegedly faulty hip implants, ordered U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade.

Judge Kinkeade, who is presiding over a multidistrict lawsuit combining more than 1,100 hip replacement cases against DePuy's Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, instructed plaintiffs and defendants to come to terms on a notice that will be sent to hospitals and physicians participating in the FDA-mandated Pinnacle explant studies.

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