Five plaintiffs have been awarded $500 million due to faulty metal-on-metal hip implants.
After a two month trial Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit were ordered by the Texas federal jury to pay damages, after the company failed to warn the public about defective Pinnacle metal hips.
The jury awarded $130 million in compensatory damages and $360 million in punitive damages.
The metal hips were marketed as long lasting, durable and safe even though the company were aware of the risks attached to the product.
The defects in the metal hips caused them to fail more often and sooner than expected, which caused tissue death, bone erosion and high levels of metal in the plaintiffs’ blood.
This is the second federal trial in regard to the Pinnacle metal hips. The first trial ended in 2014 with the company cleared of liability.
Johnson & Johnson plan on appealing the verdict.