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Reuters reports that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics have been ordered to pay $247 million to six patients who claimed that they were injured by DePuy Pinnacle ® hip implants. 

The patients argued that they experienced tissue death, bone erosion, and other injuries linked to design flaws. A jury found that the metal-on-metal (MOM) hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the decision. The company faces more than 9,700 lawsuits related to the Pinnacle hip system. Learn more...