In the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over alleged defective hip implants, plaintiffs won an $11 million jury verdict against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. The verdict included $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. [Read more…]
In January 2013, the FDA proposed a new rule requiring manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of all-metal hip implants before they could continue to sell these medical devices. This proposal attempted to close a loophole that has allowed manufacturers to sell medical devices without first testing them; heretofore, manufacturers merely had to prove that a similar device was already on the market.