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Johnson & Johnson hit with over $1 billion verdict on hip implants

Harriet Bowen, who had hip replacement surgery, sits in her trailer at the Treasure Beach trailer park in Selbyville, Delaware, June 27, 2012. Bowen received the Pinnacle all-metal hip in 2008. She soon developed pain, limited mobility and elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in her blood. In July 2011, Bowen's left hip fractured at the implant site, requiring more surgery.
Tim Shaffer | Reuters
Harriet Bowen, who had hip replacement surgery, sits in her trailer at the Treasure Beach trailer park in Selbyville, Delaware, June 27, 2012. Bowen received the Pinnacle all-metal hip in 2008. She soon developed pain, limited mobility and elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in her blood. In July 2011, Bowen's left hip fractured at the implant site, requiring more surgery.

A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to six plaintiffs who said they were injured by Pinnacle hip implants, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

The jurors found that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks.