Jury Awards $8.3 Million in First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trial

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On March 8, 2013, six weeks after the trial in Los Angeles Superior Court began, a jury awarded Loren Kransky $8.3 million in his case against DePuy Orthopaedics arising from its recalled ASR hip implant systems. DePuy is owned by Johnson & Johnson. The jury found that the design of the hip implant was defective and that the defect injured Mr. Kransky. The award included $8 million in non-economic damages for the pain and suffering Mr. Kransky has experienced as a result of the defective implant and the revision surgery he was forced to undergo as a result.

Brian Panish of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP was among the attorneys representing Mr. Kransky at trial and made the closing argument along with Mike Kelly of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. After the verdict today, Mr. Panish stated “this verdict is the day of reckoning for Johnson & Johnson. The jury has found that its product is defective, and has fully compensated the victim for the pain and suffering they have caused Mr. Kransky. Now we move on to helping out the more than 9000 other victims.” Mr. Kransky was also represented at trial by Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, the Gomez Law Firm and the Law Offices of Dean Goetz.

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents hundreds of plaintiffs whose ASR hips failed early and who have brought suit in Los Angeles and in federal court. The firm has a leadership role in both the California consolidated actions and the federal Multi-District Litigation.

News on the Verdict

Jury orders J&J unit to pay $8.3 million in metal hip trial – Reuters

J&J Must Pay $8.3 Million Over Defective Hip, Jury Decides – The Washington Post

Jury Awards Man $8M for Faulty Hip Implant – ABC NEWS

Johnson & Johnson to award security guard $8.3m over faulty implant – THE GUARDIAN

Jury awards $8 million in suit over Johnson & Johnson metal hip – LA TIMES

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay in First Case on Hips – NY TIMES

More DePuy Trial News:

J&J Jury Told Hip Has Many Design Defects Causing Failure – Bloomberg

What a Company Knew About Its Metal Hips -Ney York Times

J&J Engineer Studied Hip Redesign for 3 Years, Jury Told – Bloomberg

J&J gambled on hip implant safety, lawyer alleges – Los Angeles Times

J&J Profit Pursuit Led to Defective Hip, Lawyer Tells Jury – Washington Post

Trial plaintiff says Johnson & Johnson hips defective, company says not liable – Fox News

J&J Feared Metal Backlash Would Hurt Hip Sales, Jury Told – Bloomberg

J&J’s Toxicologist Says Metal From Recalled Hip Harmless – Bloomberg