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LA jury orders J&J unit to pay $8.3 mln in first metal hip trial
March 8, 2013 / 6:30 PM / in 5 years

LA jury orders J&J unit to pay $8.3 mln in first metal hip trial

March 8 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury on Friday ordered Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy orthopedic unit to pay more than $8 million in damages to a retired Montana prison guard who claimed he was injured by a recalled metal hip sold by the company.

The lawsuit was the first of more than 10,000 brought against the J&J unit after the 2010 recall, which was prompted by recognition that the devices were failing at higher-than-expected rates. Some 93,000 ASR hips were sold prior to the recall.

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