In the second multidistrict bellwether trial over allegedly defective DePuy Pinnacle hip implants, a Texas jury awarded a $497.6 million in a verdict against Johnson & Johnson. The five plaintiffs in the aggregate trial who sued over health problems from the metal hip implant devices received $360 million in punitive damages.
All the plaintiffs had received DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants and subsequently endured “serious health problems, including inflammation of surrounding tissues, bone erosion and metallosis,” reported Law360 (subscription required). Recently, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, the Texas federal judge overseeing the case, selected seven DePuy hip injury bellwether cases to proceed to trial in the multidistrict litigation. These seven additional trials are set to begin September 6, 2016.