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Jury awards damages in Johnson & Johnson and Warsaw-based DePuy hip case

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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 2:32 pm

LOS ANGELES – A jury in Los Angeles has awarded more than $8 million to a man who accused Johnson & Johnson of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

Jurors on Friday awarded the damages in 65-year-old Loren Kransky’s negligence and defective design suit against the giant health care company and its Warsaw-based DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary.

It’s the first of thousands of similar cases that attorneys say left people with crippling problems or in need of other replacement surgeries.

J&J attorneys argued Kransky had a host of pre-existing health ailments and the hip implant didn’t make him worse.

The all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people worldwide and pulled from the market two years ago.