After an 11-week trial, yesterday a federal jury in Dallas ordered Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics to pay over $1 billion in damages to six individuals who suffered serious and severe damages after being prescribed and implanted with DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant devices. The verdict was handed down as a result of the jury's determination that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics are guilty of "despicable and vile conduct" for knowingly and fraudulently selling Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant devices that they knew were defective and dangerous for consumers
This was the third DePuy Pinnacle trial held with U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade presiding. After the first trial in October 2014, the jury ruled for Johnson & Johnson. The second trial concluded in March 2016 with the jury returning a verdict of over $502 million in damages for five victims.
Mark Lanier and his team have worked tirelessly representing plaintiffs in the bellwether trials. The next trial is scheduled to begin in September 2017.
There are currently over 8,900 cases against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy that have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation. It is expected that this number will grow as more cases are filed.
Paoli Law Firm represents individuals who have been prescribed and implanted with DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant devices. If you or someone you know has a DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal device or has undergone removal of one of these devices contact us today at 406-542-3330 to see how we can put our experience to work to help you.