Johnson & Johnson is facing a number of hip implant lawsuits.
A California judge says that the plaintiff in a landmark hip implant lawsuit did provide sufficient evidence that Johnson & Johnson’s metal-on-metal hip implant was defective.
The ruling comes after J & J attempted to appeal an $8.3 million verdict against the company back in March. Lawyers representing the company were asking for a new trial.
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DuPuy Orthopedics last month vowed to appeal the verdict.
The March trial was one of the country’s first against a hip implant manufacturer by a patient. Over the last several years, hip implants made by a number of companies have come under fire for a variety of problems ranging from pain and multiple surgeries to poisoning from metal particles in the bloodstream.
Legal woes for Johnson & Johnson are just beginning. The company is facing a multi-district lawsuit in Texas that will combine more than 900 separate complaints over the hip implants. The lawsuit accuses J & J subsidiary DuPuy of negligence, fraudulent representation, and failure to properly design, manufacture, and market the hip implant.