A couple of months ago, I did a post about the post-trial motions in the first trial arising out of alleged defects in Wright Medical Technology’s hip implant device. On April 5, the district court resolved the motions, rejecting all of Wright’s arguments for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial, but dramatically reducing the punitive damages from $10 million to $1.1 million.
The plaintiff in this case received a Wright hip implant and, after experiencing what the district court characterized as “a cataclysmic failure,” had to have it removed and replaced. She alleged that Wright’s hip implant was defectively designed and that Wright committed fraud and made negligent misrepresentations in marketing the device to surgeons. Although the procedural history is complicated, the bottom line is that the jury found Wright liable for design defect and awarded the plaintiff $550,000 in compensatory damages; it also found that Wright made negligent misrepresentations about the virtues of its device, for which it awarded the plaintiff an additional $450,000 in compensatory damages, plus $10 million in punitive damages.
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