Award In J&J Hip Implant Bellwether Trial Slashed To $150M

By Emily Field (July 6, 2016, 5:27 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge cut a $497.6 million verdict from the second bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Pinnacle hip prosthetics manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit to about $150 million on Tuesday, according to an attorney representing patients alleging injuries.

The hip prosthetics were Pinnacle metal-on-metal devices, which plaintiffs claimed cause serious health problems including inflammation and bone erosion. (Credit: AP) U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade slashed the verdict according to the caps on punitive damages under Texas law, lead plaintiffs' attorney Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm told Law360 on Wednesday. A...

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