Following an upsetting defeat in 2014, litigators everywhere are paying close attention to a series of DePuy lawsuits set to be heard this year as they are to be the bellwether trials by which all others are to be weighed against. The cases all allege that the DePuy Pinnacle product line of hip replacements provided to be unreliable and resulted in numerous injuries to patients similar to those experienced by patients receiving the ASR hip replacement line. Johnson and Johnson, DePuy’s parent company, remains brazen in its defense of the Pinnacle product line and has not recalled the devices as it had with ASR devices that caused injuries due to metal on metal components grinding against one another.
DePuy Wins First Battle but not the War
The first bellwether case was heard in Texas in 2014 which alleged that the Pinnacle hip replacements were the source of metalosis, infections, degradation of the hip socket and that patients required revision surgeries to repair the damage caused by the devices. DePuy struck an early win in the case as the company was exonerated from blame, causing Johnson and Johnson to become more emboldened in its defense of the product line. If the upcoming cases have similar results, it may not bode well for the numerous victims who are part of the developing mass tort being filed against Johnson and Johnson.