Federal Judge Finalizes $245 Million Award to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Injury Bellwether Case

Federal Judge Finalizes $245m Award to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Injury Bellwether Case

District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Texas has finalized the $245 million judgments for New York plaintiffs reached by the jury in November 2017 in a bellwether case against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over its allegedly defective DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that failed, injuring patients across the U.S. (A bellwether trial is a case that the court and the parties select to test their arguments, with the goal of moving the overall larger litigation towards resolution.) The verdict, now final, is intended to compensate plaintiffs for past and future medical expenses, as well as for pain and suffering from hip implant failures. [Read more…]

Lexi Hazam Weighs in with Law360 on Product Liability Cases to Watch in 2018

Law360 Report: Product Liability Cases To Watch In 2018

Law360 reports on product liability cases to watch in the year 2018, highlighting cases of national interest with potential impact on millions of Americans. The review includes cases in which Lieff Cabraser plays a prominent role, and Law360 spoke directly with Lieff Cabraser’s Lexi Hazam. [Read more…]

Texas DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Bellwether Trial Ends in $247 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics

Texas DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Bellwether Trial Ends in $247 Million Verdict

A federal jury in Texas has reached a $247 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit in a bellwether trial over DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. (A bellwether trial is a case that the court and the parties select to test their arguments, with the goal of moving the overall larger litigation towards resolution.) [Read more…]

Judge Reduces $1 Billion DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Jury Verdict Per Supreme Court Limits

Judge Reduces $1 Billion DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Jury Verdict Per Supreme Court Limits

On December 1, 2016, a Texas jury found in favor of six plaintiffs in a trial against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics over injuries relating to the companies’ Pinnacle brand metal-on-metal hip implants that failed in many patients. As reported by Law360, on January 3, 2017 U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade reduced the more than $1 billion in punitive damages the jury awarded in the case to $543 million in light of Supreme Court precedent finding constitutional limits to punitive damage awards. [Read more…]

Law360 Highlights the Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters of 2016

Law360 Highlights the Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters of 2016

Law360 reviews a list of “Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters,” covering large-scale cases “sure to make headlines in 2017,” all of which include some involvement by Lieff Cabraser. These highly visible multi-district litigation matters include: General Motors Ignition-Switch defects, DePuy Pinnacle Hip injuries, Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) blood thinner injuries, Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions consumer fraud, and Pelvic Surgical Mesh injuries. [Read more…]

Texas Law Leads to Reduction of $496 Million Hip Defect Judgment Against DePuy

Texas Law Forces Huge Cut in $496 Million Hip Defect Judgment Against DePuy

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…]

Second J&J DePuy Pinnacle Bellwether Trial Receives Nearly $500 Million Verdict

Second J&J DePuy Pinnacle Bellwether Trial Receives Nearly $500 Million Verdict

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…]

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.

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