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Injured Plaintiffs Win $498 Million Verdict in Second DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Bellwether Trial

Injured Plaintiffs Win $498 Million Verdict in Second DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Bellwether Trial

As reported today by Law360 (subscription), the jury in the second bellwether trial multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Pinnacle hip prosthetics manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit reached a verdict of $497.6 million on a judgment for the plaintiffs in consolidated claims relating to five separate hip implant patients.

The verdict was reached after a two-month long trial and several days of jury deliberation. The jury found in favor of all five plaintiffs in the trial, and the verdict included punitive damages in the amount of $360 million. The trial covered the consolidated claims of the multiple plaintiffs, who had all undergone hip surgery to replace a hip joint with a Depuy Orthopedics Pinnacle prosthetic. The judge in the trial had previously ruled that the five cases had sufficient common issues to make their consolidated treatment efficient and reasonable. As Law360 noted, “[i]n particular, all five plaintiffs here underwent similar implantation surgeries, their doctors received similar warnings, and the patients all alleged similar injuries.”

The MDL is In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, case number 3:11-md-02244, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.