A federal jury in Dallas recently ordered Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries to pay more than $1 billion in damages for "despicable and vile conduct" in selling Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that they knew were faulty.
The jury deliberated for almost eight hours before returning with the verdict. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy officials intentionally misrepresented the dangers of the hip implants for the sake of financial gain. The verdict awarded $32 million in actual damages and $1.009 billion in punitive damages.
This trial was the third in a series of cases being held by US District Judge Ed Kinkeade. Thousands of cases against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have been filed across the US, so the lawsuits have been consolidated in what is known as multi-district litigation (MDL).
In the first trial, held in October 2014, the jury ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson. In March of 2015, a second jury ruled in favor of five Texans who were awarded more than $502 million in damages, an amount that was eventually reduced to $113 million as a result of legal caps on damages in Texas.
Have You Been Injured by a Defective Hip Implant?
If you or someone you love suffered an injury as the result of a faulty hip implant, we urge you to call our Pennsylvania injury lawyers right away. At Metzger Wickersham, our legal team has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of those harmed by defective medical devices, prescription drugs and other dangerous products.
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