Metal Hip Patient Asks 11th Circ. To Affirm $2M Defect Win

Law360, New York (September 1, 2016, 10:05 PM EDT) -- A patient who won the first bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology over its allegedly defective metal hip implants told the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday that a $2.1 million judgment should stand despite the unusual number of wrinkles that emerged in the jury deliberation process.

Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge William Duffey left intact $1 million in compensatory damages for veteran ski instructor Robyn Christiansen over complications arising from her Wright Conserve Hip Implant System, but slashed the punitive damages from $10 million to $1.1 million.

Christiansen said Wright explicitly agreed to all the fine-tuning that happened, both before the...

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