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$502M Settlement Awarded in Ultamet Hip Implant Lawsuits


This is a settlement for the DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: A $502 million settlement has been awarded by a jury in Dallas hearing the consolidated lawsuits of five plaintiffs who all allege that DePuy Orthopedics and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Ultamet hip implant is defective and caused them pain, injury and suffering.

The court has ordered J&J pay $502 million to the plaintiffs, who accused the company of hiding flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that caused the devices to prematurely fail and left them facing surgeries and pain.

The DePuy Ultamet hip replacement devices are metal-on-metal. The problem with metal-on-metal devices is that metal debris can reportedly come loose, resulting in metals being absorbed by the patient's surrounding tissue and causing excess levels of chromium and cobalt in the patient's blood. Furthermore, patients may experience pain, inflammation and soft tissue damage in the area around the hip, making mobility difficult if not impossible.

The jury awarded $142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages.

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Published on Apr-7-16


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