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 Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries were hit with a $500 million verdict on March 17 after a federal jury in Texas found gross negligence and fraud in connection with the defective design of a hip implant.

The award against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., which includes $360 million in punitive damages, comes in the second bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation over its Pinnacle hip implants, which plaintiffs claim caused pain and additional surgeries. A federal jury in 2014 had rendered a defense verdict in the first bellwether trial. In this case, which involved five plaintiffs, the jury found DePuy and Johnson & Johnson liable for gross negligence and fraud. It also found that DePuy had failed to warn of a hip implant it had defectively designed and that Johnson & Johnson aided and abetted DePuy's actions.

The total award was $502 million to five plaintiffs and three of their spouses.

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