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Jury orders Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit to pay $247 million over defective artificial hips

Reuters (11/16, Bellon) reports that on Thursday, a federal jury in Dallas ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay a total of $247 million to six New York residents who received DePuy’s Pinnacle artificial hip implants. The jury determined “the metal-on-metal hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks.”

Bloomberg News (11/16, Feeley, Korosec) reports that the award was for “$79 million in actual damages and $168 million in punitive damages.” Bloomberg notes that “the number of lawsuits accusing J&J and DePuy of mishandling the metal-on-metal hips has grown by more than 13 percent over the past year, to 9,900, according to a regulatory filing.” The device hasn’t been sold since 2013, following a toughening of FDA regulations on artificial hips. In an emailed statement on Thursday, Johnson & Johnson officials said they acted “appropriately and responsibly” in developing and marketing the Pinnacle hips.
 
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