Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics continue to face new product liability lawsuits over a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup Hip Replacement System. In a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Johnson & Johnson acknowledged that at least 9,400 Pinnacle cases are now pending in courts throughout the U.S..

The U.S. litigation includes 8,760 Pinnacle hip lawsuits that have been filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, where all such federal claims have been centralized for the purposes of coordinated pretrial proceedings.  Additional cases are pending in state courts throughout the U.S., while litigation involving the all-metal Pinnacle is also underway in the United Kingdom.

One of the most recent Pinnacle hip implant claims was filed on January 26th in the 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida by a woman who underwent a left hip replacement in 2006. Years later, she began to experience hip and groin pain. The Plaintiff was forced to undergo revision surgery in April 2016 due to the alleged premature failure of her Pinnacle hip.

DePuy Pinnacle Verdicts

All of the currently pending Pinnacle hip lawsuits involve a metal-on-metal design that utilizes the Ultamet liner. Plaintiffs claim that this configuration allows dangerous amounts of toxic metal ions to be shed into the joint surrounding the implant. This purportedly produces adverse local tissue reactions, pseudotumors, metallosis, and other complications that may result in early failure of the device. Plaintiffs further claim that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy were aware of these issues, but misrepresented the safety of the Pinnacle System.

Three bellwether trials have already been convened in the federal litigation underway in the Northern District of Texas. The defense scored a victory in the first trial, which ended in October 2014. Last March, five plaintiffs were awarded a total of $500 million by the jury convened for the second Pinnacle trial. However, the Court ultimately reduced the punitive award in order to comply with Texas law

A third Pinnacle hip trial concluded in December, after another Texas jury ordered DePuy and Johnson & Johnson to pay a total of $1 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to a group of six plaintiffs. However, that verdict was reduced by nearly half, after the Court found the punitive damage award to be excessive.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP represents individuals who experienced complications allegedly related to the all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. To contact a DePuy Pinnacle lawyer today, please call 877-779-1414.

Published March 2, 2017 by