While GM won a victory in July 2017’s seventh and most recent bellwether trial over deadly ignition switch defects in GM vehicles, legal experts are saying such victories are far from a guarantee of future success for the automaker, which faces a myriad of additional lawsuits over allegedly defective GM vehicle ignition switches.
As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade has reduced a $496 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics in five combined Pinnacle implant hip injury bellwether trials to keep the amount in line with the Texas punitive damages cap. Attorneys in the case indicate the new overall amount assessed against DePuy for its allegedly defective and dangerous Pinnacle hip implants will be closer to $150 million. A jury in the consolidated trial in Dallas had found the companies liable for serious health problems, including bone erosion and metal poisoning, that plaintiffs claimed were directly related to the metal-on-metal hip implants. Judge Kinkeade lowered the $360 million punitive damages award by $350 million in the face of Texas’ statutory $10 million limit on punitive damages. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]