Six plaintiffs will receive a $1 billion settlement as the result of a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit. A federal jury awarded this amount after determining Johnson & Johnson’s fault in the injuries plaintiffs received from their Pinnacle hip implants, and in the company’s failure to inform patients of the risks associated with the implants.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy are facing over 8,000 lawsuits related to these implants. Plaintiffs alleged that the two companies claimed that the metal in their implants was longer lasting and of higher quality than ceramic or plastic implants.
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