$8.3 Million Verdict In Depuy Hip Implant Trial In California

A Los Angeles jury has returned a $8,338,000 verdict for the plaintiff in a closely watched personal injury product liability trial involving the defective Johnson & Johnson Depuy ASR metal on metal hip implants (see previous blogs and my defective implant web page re the nature of the defects and the litigation). Although the verdict did not include punitive damages, the jury sent a clear message to Johnson & Johnson by awarding the plaintiff Loren Kransky, a retired prison guard who had terminal cancer unrelated to the hip replacement, as well as a history of smoking, vascular disease and diabetes, $8 million in pain and suffering. While Johnson & Johnson is now facing nearly 11,000 lawsuits over the implants, this was the first one to reach a verdict.