After a more than two month trial of six (6) plaintiffs’ cases, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. liable for defects in its Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant and awarded the Plaintiffs a total of $1.04 billion dollars. The Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant has been alleged to cause toxic metal particles that contaminate the hip joint and can enter the bloodstream from the parts that rub together. These metal particles can cause pain in the hip, inflammation, pseudotumor formation that requires a revision surgery to replace the parts that rub against one another. Each of the six (6) plaintiffs’ cases that were tried together during this bellwether trial had to undergo another surgery to replace the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant due to the metal debris shed by the implant. The jury returned the verdict on December 1, 2016 after deliberating for less than a day in a trial that began nine weeks ago with opening statements on October 3, 2016.
This verdict marks the second verdict in 2016 in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. for defects alleged to be present in the Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant. In March 2016, another jury in Dallas, Texas returned a verdict for just over $500 million after also finding the Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant defective. The March 2016 verdict was reduced to $150 million due to laws establishing caps on certain damages and is currently on appeal.
The attorneys at Houssiere Durant Houssiere, LLP are experienced in handling medical device defect cases and are actively handling DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant cases. If you are experiencing problems with your DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant or have already undergone a revision surgery, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced attorneys at 888-881-8100 or fill our contact form for a free consultation.
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