J&J, Depuy Orthopedics hit with $497.6 million verdict for failure of metal-on-metal hip devices

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March 17, 2016


MONTGOMERY, ALA. (March 17, 2016) – A federal jury in Dallas found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopedics, liable for injuries resulting from the DePuy “Pinnacle” metal-on-metal hip devices. The jury awarded five plaintiffs a total of $497.6 million after agreeing the products caused complications, including metal poisoning and revision surgeries.

The trial started on January 11, 2016, and took more than eight weeks before it concluded. The jury deliberated for five days before returning the historic verdict.

These cases were tried in the DePuy Pinnacle multidistrict litigation (MDL) before Judge Ed Kinkeade in the Northern District of Texas. Beasley Allen Principal Navan Ward, Jr. served as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) working to prepare the case before trial. The PSC trial team included Mark Lanier, Larry Boyd, Justin Presnal, Jayne Conroy and Richard Arsenault.

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“During the trial jurors were provided convincing evidence of the disturbing company culture at Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics,” said Ward.  “Along with egregious corporate practices that led to the production of faulty metal-on-metal hip implants that have caused thousands unnecessary harm.”

J&J and DePuy Orthopedics are currently facing more than 8,000 additional cases with plaintiffs claiming the same or similar damages by the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip devices. A large percentage of these claimants have undergone revision surgery as a result of the damaged caused.


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