3rd J&J Hip Implant Bellwether Delivers $1B Verdict

Law360, Dallas (December 1, 2016, 5:14 PM EST) -- A Texas federal jury on Thursday found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit liable for more than $1.04 billion in a six-plaintiff bellwether trial targeting metal-shedding artificial hips that are part of its Pinnacle line, dwarfing the $150 million verdict J&J is on the hook for after a previous bellwether.

At the MDL's heart are allegations that friction between the device's metal socket and metal ball head rubs away billions of microscopic particles with every step, polluting the bloodstream and surrounding tissue with "wear debris" over time. (AP) After a two-month trial that closed Nov. 30, jurors deliberated for less than...

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