A Texas jury last week awarded more than $30 million in damages and more than $1 billion in punitive damages to six plaintiffs who sued Johnson & Johnson for defective metal-on-metal hips made by its DePuy unit. It’s the third largest jury award in 2016.
J&J will almost certainly appeal the size of the verdict as well as other legal decisions made in the case. This is the third verdict on liability for Pinnacle hip implants. J&J won the first trial. The jury in the second trial found for the plaintiffs in the amount of $502 million, but the judge reduced the award for the five patients to $150 million.
There has been a substantial amount of litigation over defects with metal-on-metal hip implants over the past few years. The most recent implants to have problems arise were from certain Stryker hip implants.