$1 Billion Dollar Jury Award in Pinnacle Hip Trial

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Jurors announced a record $1 billion dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson in the most recent Pinnacle hip trial.  It took jurors only one day of deliberations to come back with their astounding award.

How Much Was Awarded to Each Pinnacle Hip Plaintiff?

Harris Martin Publishing sources say the verdict total is more than $1.041 billion.  The trial took place in Dallas, Texas. Six individual cases were consolidated into this single trial. That means 6 people claiming injuries from DePuy’s defective Pinnacle Metal on Metal hip replacements went to trial at one time because of the similarities of their cases.
Here’s the breakdown of how much the jury awarded each of the six plaintiffs:

  • $4 million per person with a single hip implant.  There are a total of 6 plaintiffs in this bellwether trial.
  • $6 million per person with two hip replacements, or bilateral implants.
  • $1 million for each spouse of those 6 plaintiffs.
  • $84 million per plaintiff in punitive damages against DePuy.
  • $84 million per plaintiff in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson.
  • $125,000 for each spouse in punitive damages against DePuy.
  • $125,000 for each spouse in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson.
  • $125,000 for each spouse in punitive damages against DePuy.

About the Pinnacle Hip Trial

The trial started on October 3rd and lasted 31 days.  Yesterday lawyers for Depuy and J&J asked for a mistrial before the jury began deliberating.  The judge denied the motion and gave the case to the jury on Wednesday, November 30th. By the end of the day on Thursday, the jury had made their decision.

What Can Other Injured Pinnacle Hip Patients Expect Now?

This is the second time a jury gave a multimillion-dollar award to injured Pinnacle hip replacement patients. In March another jury awarded $502 million to 5 plaintiffs injured by Pinnacle metal on metal hips.

The pressure is now on Johnson & Johnson to start compensating people for their defective hip implant.

“Hopefully the stockholders will wake up and demand that Johnson & Johnson start settling these cases before facing any more record-breaking plaintiff’s awards,” says Managing Partner Altom Maglio.  Maglio is a national leader in metal hip litigation, filing the first-ever metal-on-metal hip lawsuit over the Zimmer Durom hip in 2008.

Mctlaw’s Extensive Experience in Metal on Metal Hip Litigation

➨ Our attorneys have personally questioned under oath dozens of high-profile DePuy and Johnson & Johnson employees, including:

  • J&J CEO Alex Gorski
  • DePuy Orthopedics CEO Andrew Ekdahl
  • DePuy Vice President of Clinical Research Pam Plouhar
  • Pinnacle Co-Designer, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Schmalzried

➨ Our law firm is a national leader in the defective metal-on-metal hip litigation, filing the first metal-on-metal hip lawsuit in the United States.
➨ We have deep contacts within the orthopedic community and extensive medical and technical knowledge about defective orthopedic hip replacements.
Mctlaw is aggressively and actively litigating metal-on-metal hip cases through the U.S. state and federal court systems.

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