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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Jury Urged to Award $5 Million for Failed Metal Hip


4/16/2013 7:39:15 AM

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s DePuy unit defectively designed a metal-on-metal hip implant and should award an Illinois nurse at least $5 million for harm caused by her device’s failure, her lawyer argued to a Chicago jury. DePuy knowingly sold defective ASR hips before J&J, the world’s largest seller of health-care products, recalled all 93,000 of the metal-on-metal implants in August 2010, said Denman Heard, an attorney for Carol Strum, the plaintiff. Heard also urged jurors to award extra damages to punish the company. “Shame on DePuy for allowing this to happen,” Heard said in his two-hour closing argument at a trial that began on March 11. “They could have saved and prevented so much harm.” The Strum lawsuit is the second of almost 11,000 around the U.S. to go to trial. On March 8, J&J was ordered to pay $8.3 million in compensatory damages by a Los Angeles jury that found the design was defective and DePuy failed to warn of the risks.

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