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Jury awards patients millions in defective hip lawsuit

On Nov. 16, six people in New York who were fitted with Pinnacle artificial hips that subsequently had to be surgically removed were awarded $247 million in a decision against Johnson & Johnson. The company's DePuy unit was responsible for the hips' manufacturing. Although the company tried to argue that the artificial hips failed because of normal wear and tear, the jury found that the company did not warn medical professionals and patients that the devices were defective despite knowing they might fail prematurely. The hips have not been sold since 2013 when regulations for artificial hips were tightened by the Food and Drug Administration. The total awarded in punitive damages was $168 million with the remaining $79 million in actual damages.

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