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DePuy Hit With $500 Million Hip Implant Verdict

Shalini Shah9 months ago

After a 2-month trial, jurors found that the Ultamet metal-on-metal versions of the Pinnacle hip implant were defectively designed.

About the Hip Implant Verdict

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was slapped with a $500 million judgment in favor of plaintiffs who claimed the Pinnacle hip implant caused their injuries. During the trial, jurors found that these hip implants were defectively designed and DePuy failed to warn patients about the risks.

Mass Device reports that jurors have awarded the plaintiffs about $130 million in total compensatory damages and about $360 million in punitive damages.  The plaintiffs’ lead attorney says there are a thousand of these cases and Johnson & Johnson needs to be held responsible.

The jury acquitted DePuy in the first bellwether trial in the Pinnacle multi-district litigation in October 2014. Last month, the company won another legal battle with the dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a pair of British surgeons over the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant.

Details on the Defective Product

A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman said that the company plans to appeal the most recent verdict.  The spokeswoman stated in an email their biggest responsibility is to the patient who use their products and to help them live more active and comfortable lives.  The company believes DePuy acted appropriately and responsibly in the design and testing of Ultamet metal-on-metal hip replacement.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer claims this verdict is a significant and well earned victory for those that have suffered major injuries from these dangerous devices. The evidence in the testimony against Johnson & Johnson was ground breaking, particularly because it amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to orthopedic surgeons to use this product and recommend it to others.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers had also found many instances in which physicians lied in the medical clinical testing of the devices. They had also forged consent forms for patients who were using the product to lie about the results the patient’s experiences with the product.

DePuy Pinnacle implant seemed to be a faulty device from the beginning and they further manipulated science and others to sell their product. 

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