6 Victims Awarded $245 Million in DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuit
A federal judge in Texas has awarded six plaintiffs $245 million in a DePuy hip implant lawsuit. The final judgment was entered on August 29, nine months after a jury awarded the plaintiffs $247 million. The smaller amount was agreed to after private insurance agreed to cover $1.2 million of the plaintiffs’ medical expenses.
The six plaintiffs sued DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson for injuries they sustained as a result of receiving DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements. The lawsuit claims the companies knew the hip implants were defective, yet failed to issue a major recall. Instead, they phased out the metal-on-metal devices that had harmed so many patients.
The verdict includes $90 million in punitive damages. The judgment amounts for the six plaintiffs were divided up based on the extent of their individual injuries.
“We are seeing more and more of these large punitive verdicts against companies that have not put the safety of consumers before their profits,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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