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Johnson & Johnson must pay $502 million over hip devices
Modern Healthcare

A federal jury decided Thursday that Johnson & Johnson must pay five Texans $502 million for injuries caused by defective hip replacement devices. The outcome could affect how similar cases filed by another 7,000 plaintiffs are resolved.

The lawsuits allege that Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal hip replacements, made by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, spread metal debris into their bloodstreams, causing major injuries that sometimes required further surgery, according to the law firm that represented the Texans, Simmons Hanly Conroy.