After years of disputes regarding the DePuy hip implants, parent company Johnson & Johnson agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement for 8,000 patients who received defective metal hip replacements.  Each of these patients will receive around $250,000 to cover the removal or replacement of the device that caused severe pain, injuries, and additional surgeries.  There are more patients affected by the metal implants, but DePuy argues that they did nothing wrong and continue to defend many of the lawsuits.  The defective implants failed within 5 years of surgery; normal plastic or ceramic implants normally last 10-20 years.  This settlement comes after several others made by Johnson & Johnson, for various products such as contact lenses and over-the-counter medication.

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