Depuy Pinnacle Lawsuit
A federal jury in Dallas ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay $247 million to the plaintiffs, according to Reuters. It is the third win of four test trials in Dallas federal court, where about 9,000 of the cases are pending. (J&J won the first –and only--Pinnacle test trial in 2014). Attorneys Mark Lanier and Jayne Conroy represented six New York residents implanted with the hip devices who alleged tissue death, bone erosion and other injuries due to design flaws in their DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements. Lanier also represented plaintiffs in the Pinnacle trial that ended in late 2016 where J&J was ordered to pay more than $1 billion to patients who claimed the company hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that had to be surgically removed.
Lanier told ABC7 News that, “the DePuy, Johnson & Johnson Pinnacle metal-on-metal was never tested in one single human being before they started selling it… the company basically made guinea pigs out of everyone who received it." The jury found the companies negligently designed, sold and fraudulently marketed the allegedly defective hip implants, concealed the implant's potential risks, and failed to adequately warn doctors.
Million Dollar Surgeons
But some of those doctors were more than adequately paid. During the trial, Lanier showed jurors
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Lanier countered by telling the jury that DePuy gave an unethical incentive for those surgeons to help sell the implants by writing positive articles in medical journals, giving speeches to other surgeons and training medical residents on the use of the hip implants. Failure to warn other doctors wasn’t in the equation.