Johnson & Johnson Owes $247 Million for Defective Hip Implants
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $247 million for defective hip implants. The verdict includes $79 million in actual damages and $168 million in punitive damages. The defendants are six New York residents who had to have their Pinnacle hip implants surgically removed.
Did J&J Push Doctors to Use an Unsafe Product?
According to the lawsuit, the DePuy unit of the company, which manufactures the implants, knew about the defective hip implants but failed to properly warn doctors and patients. The defense also argued that DePuy officials rushed the implants to market without adequate testing. They also say they convinced surgeons to use the metal-on-metal implants by assuring them the risk of metal poisoning was minimal.
Other J&J Hip Implant Lawsuits
Last year, a Dallas jury ordered J&J to pay $502 million to five patients who were injured by the hip implants. And earlier this year, the company was ordered to pay over $1 billion to six patients who had to have defective hip implants removed.
J&J says it plans to appeal this latest verdict.
“This is a company that has repeatedly put their profits above the safety of consumers, so these verdicts are not surprising” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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