A federal jury in Dallas has ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary to pay over $1 billion to 6 plaintiffs claiming to be injured by its Pinnacle hip replacement device.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had to undergo revision surgery for a failed DePuy hip implant, or have been told you need such a surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
December 2, 2016 – After deliberating for less than a day, the jury found that Pinnacle hip implants were designed defectively, and that J&J and DePuy had failed to adequately warn of the health risks associated with the devices. The $1.041 billion verdict included $32 million in compensatory damages and the rest in punitive damages.
J&J responded by saying it will immediately appeal the verdict and is committed to defending itself and DePuy in roughly 8,400 other lawsuits involving Pinnacle hip replacements. Other bellwether trials in the multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 3:11-md-02244) are currently being prepared; their outcomes will influence the remaining suits.
Plaintiffs in the most recent bellwether trial included 6 California residents who suffered tissue death, bone erosion and other injuries after being implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle hip. The individuals also claimed that J&J marketed the devices as being longer-lasting than competing models.
In March, a Texas jury slapped DePuy with a $502 million judgment in favor of 5 plaintiffs alleging injuries from the Pinnacle hip implant. Jurors found that the Ultamet metal-on-metal version of the device was defectively designed and that DePuy failed to warn about the risks, awarding $130 million in total compensatory damages and $360 million in punitive damages. A judge slashed the award to roughly $151 million in July. DePuy won the 1st bellwether trial in October 2014.
All complaints in the MDL contain similar allegations that friction between the Pinnacle’s metal socket and ball causes metallic particles to be shed into the body around the implant site, resulting in a condition known as metallosis. Plaintiffs allege that J&J knew the implant was riskier than competing models but still marketed it aggressively, even paying kickbacks to surgeons who implanted the device.
Do I Have a DePuy Hip Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in DePuy hip replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems after receiving a DePuy hip implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.