J&J Artificial Hips' Market Success Built On Lies, Jury Told

Law360, Dallas (October 3, 2016, 11:34 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson, which sold 150,000 metal artificial hips in the 2000s, evaded standard regulatory review and convinced doctors a dangerous design was safe, lawyers for hip replacement patients told a Texas federal jury in the first day of a bellwether trial.

In this third bellwether trial in an 8,500-case multidistrict litigation, six plaintiffs hope to ride the wave of an earlier trial's $500 million verdict — with one key wrinkle: this trial will use California law and won't be subject to the punitive damages cap that reduced the earlier verdict to about $150 million under Texas law.

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