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The Curious Case of the Disappearing DePuy Damages

The Curious Case of the Disappearing DePuy Damages March 24, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Dallas, TX: The bellwether defective hip implant lawsuits that were tried in the Northern District of Texas as part of multidistrict litigation 2244 have yielded some staggering awards for the plaintiffs. The latest Alice hip failure lawsuit ended with a $247 million award to six plaintiffs. A previous bellwether trial awarded $1.4 billion to a group of six plaintiffs, and another lawsuit ended with a $502 million jury award to five plaintiffs.
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Defective Hip Litigation Continues On against Zimmer, Smith & Nephew

Defective Hip Litigation Continues On against Zimmer, Smith & Nephew March 12, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Newark,NJ: Every metal-on-metal hip replacement manufacturer has been accused of defective design, and because there are two or more articulation points where the metal components can grind against each other, some MOM hip replacements, such as those made by Zimmer and Smith & Nephew, allegedly include an increased risk of metallosis. Lawsuits against both companies also claim they knowingly sold the defective hip implants and knew or should have known the devices would cause problems.
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Houston, We Have a Problem with DePuy ASR Hip Replacement

Houston, We Have a Problem with DePuy ASR Hip Replacement February 13, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Southlake, TX: Some DePuy ASR hip replacement patients are having problems finding a surgeon to perform revision surgery. Besides having to deal with a defective medical device, surgeons are in a dilemma and the FDA could have done more to help patients.
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Tracking Systems in the U.K Key to Care for Hip Implant Patients, But Non-Existent in the U.S.

Tracking Systems in the U.K Key to Care for Hip Implant Patients, But Non-Existent in the U.S. January 26, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Cruz, CA:The study, published in the Bone & Joint Journal, finds that the rate of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant patients undergoing revision has increased over time. Researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol have suggested the observed differences are in part due to increased patient surveillance. In the U.S., patient surveillance is pretty much left up to the patient.
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DePuy Hip’s Million Dollar Surgeons “Taking Share of Business”

DePuy Hip’s Million Dollar Surgeons “Taking Share of Business” December 24, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Dallas, TX: In a recent hip replacement trial, plaintiffs’ lawyer showed to the jury records whereby DePuy paid its Pinnacle hip "design surgeons" more than $184 million in royalties that he argued were kickbacks. And jurors watched a video of a 2008 DePuy sales conference themed “Taking Share of Business”. To the lyrics of “Takin’ Care of Business” by the rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive, DePuy’s former top marketer leads a parade with costumed alligators, a bloodied man with a hatchet and a giant metal hip implant. The plaintiffs won.
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Stryker Defective Hip Implant Lawsuit Plaintiff Survey Deemed ‘Intrusive’

Stryker Defective Hip Implant Lawsuit Plaintiff Survey Deemed ‘Intrusive’ November 26, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Boston, MA: With the date for the first bellwether hip replacement implant failure trial involving failed Stryker femoral heads now established for September, 2019 attention has shifted to a compelling questionnaire the Howmedica defense team has issued to plaintiffs as part of the deposition process.
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DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Can Result in Physical, Emotional and Financial Pain

DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Can Result in Physical, Emotional and Financial Pain November 21, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: It’s pretty much a straightforward decision for most of the 700,000 people in the U.S. who experience knee pain yearly: have a knee replacement or live the rest of your life in pain. But for some people implanted with a defective knee such as the DePuy Synthes Attune device, they made the wrong decision and the consequences have been brutal. As a result, they are filing knee replacement lawsuits against DePuy, alleging premature failure of the Attune device.
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$247M Verdict for Plaintiffs In DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Trial

$247M Verdict for Plaintiffs In DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Trial November 16, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Dallas, TX: A $247 million verdict has been awarded against the maker of DePuy’s Pinnacle line of metal-on-metal hip implants, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc, and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), with $90 million in punitive damages against J&J and $78 million in punitive damages against DePuy. The settlement is the third, consecutive multi-million dollar verdict delivered in this multidistrict litigation.
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First Xarelto Trial Stalled Over Allegations of Witness Tampering

First Xarelto Trial Stalled Over Allegations of Witness Tampering November 6, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Philadelphia, PA: Allegations of witness tampering have stalled the beginning of the Xarelto litigation. The first Xarelto trail was set to being Monday, November 6, but instead got sidelined by attempts to determine the significance of a meeting between a key witness, Dr. Timothy Aldridge, the plaintiff’s treating physician, and a Janssen sales representative.
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Hip Replacement led to Sleep Deprivation and Oxycodone

Hip Replacement led to Sleep Deprivation and Oxycodone October 26, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Philadelphia, PA: Iris has been on a steady diet of Oxycodone for over a year because the pain from her hip replacement has been worsening. And three hip revision surgeries have just exacerbated the problem.
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