By Jessica Surber
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
The verdicts against the manufacturers of defective hip replacement systems continue to pile up – and this latest one was a big hit to Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system.
The jury issued a $1.04 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, reports Bloomberg News, with $30 million earmarked for six plaintiffs jointly suing the company in this case and the rest as a punitive judgement against the company. The case was in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas division, where all of the DePuy Pinnacle cases are being handled.
Another case earlier this year saw a $502 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson to resolve five cases from plaintiffs. A judge later cut the verdict to $150 million, Bloomberg reports.