Zimmer Gets $20M Knee Injury Verdict Trashed In Pa.

Law360, Philadelphia (June 6, 2016, 4:37 PM EDT) -- A divided Pennsylvania appeals court stripped a knee-replacement patient of a $20 million verdict on Monday after ruling that the award against Zimmer Inc. and marketing firm Public Communications Inc. was excessive.

The Superior Court ruled 4-to-1 that the verdict was outsized considering the nature of the injuries that a jury agreed Margo Pollet had suffered during a bike ride she took promoting a Zimmer artificial knee product.

“The … jury award to Mrs. Polett for non-economic losses deviates substantially from the uncertain limits of what is considered fair and reasonable compensation and, therefore, shocks the sense of justice,” the court...

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