Hi. Bill Kershaw and I are the partners responsible for the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip cases.
We are providing an update on the DePuy Pinnacle trial that was pending in federal court in Dallas, Texas. This was the very first case to be tried in front of a jury in the country; there about 6,000 cases still pending against DePuy by people who were injured by their Pinnacle hips. We learned today the jury awarded a verdict in favor of the defendants, J&J’s DePuy. This means the plaintiffs lost the case and will receive nothing. Many people are wondering how this happened.
Following the trial, I think the plaintiffs put on a very good case; this was a defective hip, it was not adequately tested, and put on the market too soon. DePuy was really motivated more by profit than the safety of their device and patients. In order to win, plaintiffs would have to prove the bad hip caused damages. Unfortunately, this case had “causation issues” and possibly resulted in the case falling apart.