March 2016 Archives

Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson Guilty in DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Artificial Hip Cases - Awards over $502 Million to Plaintiffs

On January 8, 2016, the second DePuy Pinnacle bellwether trial began in federal court in Dallas, Texas. The claims of five plaintiffs were consolidated and presented in one proceeding against DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. (DePuy) and Johnson & Johnson with Judge Ed Kinkeade presiding. Plaintiffs were represented by a lead counsel, Mark Lanier, Richard Arsenault, Wayne Fisher and their impressive team. Plaintiffs, Margaret Aoki, Jay Christopher, Donald Greer, Richard Klusmann and Robert Peterson were all implanted with Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal hips that failed and had to be surgically removed. Plaintiffs' DePuy Pinnacle artificial hip devices failed prematurely resulting in pain, cobalt and chromium in their bloodstreams, metallosis, among other damages and therefore the devices had to be surgically removed. Despite knowing of the dangers associated with the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hips, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy officials continued to aggressively market the artificial hips in the United States and throughout the world. The companies negligently and fraudulently systematically covered-up the defects in the devices and proceeded with their aggressive marketing efforts, putting profits over the health and safety of consumers.

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