Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $1 Billion to Settle Hip Implant Lawsuits


In early May, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay approximately $1 billion to resolve many of lawsuits claiming it sold defective metal-on-metal hip implants that eventually had to be surgically removed. J&J has been accused of not properly testing the safety of this product or warning people of the hip implant’s dangers before selling millions of them to unsuspecting patients. With this latest agreement to pay $1 billion, Johnson & Johnson has now resolved over 95% of the 6,000 cases in which surgeons extracted the Pinnacle hip implants because of defects that left patients unable to walk and in severe pain. 

DePuy Orthopedics settled thousands of cases involving the recall of its ASR model hip implants, but the company decided to fight similar claims over its Pinnacle MoM hips. As a result, the company has paid dearly in four multiple-plaintiff cases:

  • November 2017 – $246 million for six plaintiffs
  • July 2016 – $151 million awarded to five plaintiffs
  • March 2016 – $500 million for to five plaintiffs
  • December 2016 – $1 billion verdict for six plaintiffs.

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