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California Judge Denies Hip Implant Verdict Appeal

Posted by Sarah Showard | May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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.

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.

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