Jury Clears J&J In 1st Bellwether Over Pinnacle Hip Implant

Law360, Dallas (October 23, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury on Thursday unanimously cleared Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopedics Inc. unit of accusations it manufactured a dangerous and defective metal-on-metal hip implant, in a bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the company's Pinnacle device.

The jury found in favor of Johnson & Johnson on all counts, rejecting plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli's claims of negligence, defective design, failure to warn and violations of the Montana Consumer Protection Act after about a day and a half of deliberations that followed an eight-week trial in Dallas. At issue was the Ultamet metal-on-metal articulation, sold for 13 years as a bearing option...

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