Damages Awarded In Hip Implant Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2013)--A jury Friday in Los Angeles awarded more than $8 million to a man who sued Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics, accusing the subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

Jurors on Friday awarded the damages in the negligence and defective design suit filed by Loren Kransky, 65, which was the first of thousands of similar cases that attorneys say left people with crippling problems or in need of other replacement surgeries.

Defense 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.

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