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Reuters reports that a federal jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics division to pay $247 million settlment to six patients who suffered from its defective Pinnacle, metal-on-metal, hip implants. in the US. J&J says it will appeal this decision.
These implants were associated with tissue necrosis, bone erosion and other injuries due to implant design.
J&J won the first Pinnacle test trial in 2014, but since has been held liable. A jury in March 2016 awarded five Texas plaintiffs $500 million in damages. That award was later cut to $150 million. J&J has more than 9,700 such law suits pending.
DePuy ceased selling the metal-on-metal Pinnacle devices in 2013.