Johnson & Johnson to Pay $500 Million in DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuit
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 21, 2016 in Defective Products
This past Thursday in federal court, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $500 million to five Texas residents who were harmed by the company's Pinnacle® metal-on-metal hip implant.
Johnson & Johnson's medical device manufacturing company, DePuy Orthopedics, stopped producing the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants in 2013, after more than 7,000 lawsuits were filed against the company regarding a similar metal hip implant. That same year, DePuy paid $2.5 billion to settle the lawsuits that pertained to the company's ASR metal-on-metal hip implant, which was recalled in 2010.
Thursday's verdict was reached during the second federal trial involving the Pinnacle hip implant.
In the first trial, which ended in 2014, Johnson & Johnson was cleared of any liability.
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The five victims in the DePuy hip implant lawsuit were implanted with the metal hip devices between 2011 and 2013. In the lawsuit, they claimed that design flaws caused the implants to fail, leading to injuries that included bone fractures, painful dislocations of the device and high levels of toxic metal in the blood.
Despite the potential for harm, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy stated their Pinnacle metal hip implant was safe, effective and long-lasting. Because of its purported durability, both companies heavily marketed the device to younger, more active implant recipients. The companies claimed they thoroughly researched the device before selling it.
However, after just one week of deliberation, jurors determined that Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that both Johnson & Johnson and DePuy should be held responsible for manufacturing and selling a defective product.
Jurors also determined that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy were aware of the risks associated with their Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant, yet they failed to warn consumers.
Following the two month trial, jurors awarded nearly $140 million in compensation to the five Texas residents, as well as $360 million in punitive damages.
Thursday's verdict is the second recent multi-million dollar verdict awarded against Johnson & Johnson. In February, the pharmaceutical company was ordered by a jury in Missouri to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products for several decades.
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