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Johnson & Johnson denies liability in pinnacle hip lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson Stands Firm in Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Trial

August 7, 2017
As the fourth bellwether trial over its Pinnacle Ultramet line of hip implants commences, Johnson & Johnson told a federal judge in Texas that it is not liable for any of the products manufactured by its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics.

At issue in the closely watched case is whether the Ultamet hip replacement devices, with their metal-on-metal construction, are prone to releasing potentially hazardous fine metal particles in the bloodstreams of people in whom the devices have been surgically implanted.

Though DePuy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the parent company claims that it cannot be held legally responsible for any allegedly dangerously defective DePuy products.

Johnson & Johnson made an identical motion in one of the earlier bellwether trials in the Ultamet case. It was denied.

J&J has won one of the previous bellwether trials, and, in the others, has been ordered to pay nearly $700 million. The company has appealed those verdicts.

The trial is set to begin in Texas on September 5.

If you’ve experienced pain, suffering, metal poisoning, or any of several other health ailments that have been linked with metal-on-metal hip implants, you may have a case. Contact TheLawFirm.com right away so we can help you put together a case.

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