Surprise Verdict In Hip Implant Trial Gives J&J The Edge

Law360, Dallas (October 23, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT) -- Thursday's win for Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopedics Inc. unit at the first bellwether trial over its Pinnacle line of metal-on-metal hip implants dealt a surprising early blow to plaintiffs' attorneys that lawyers say will have Johnson & Johnson digging in its heels in upcoming trials.

The Texas federal jury unanimously 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. It was the first case involving...

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