A lawsuit brought in Texas by six different people who suffered severe medical complications caused by defective metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, were collectively awarded $30,000,000 in compensatory damages and more than $1 billion in punitive damages by a Dallas jury. Each of the six plaintiff's had to undergo yet another hip replacement.
The hip implant was designed with a metal rather than a safer ceramic or polyethylene, socket. The faulty design with metal rubbing on metal resulted in corrosive effects damaging adjacent tissues. The jury was incensed to learn about Johnson & Johnson's aggressive marketing tactics, which included illegal kickbacks to surgeons for using the device though aware of safer alternatives. Is it time for Johnson & Johnson to consider settling the rest of these lawsuits?