As reported in The New York Times, a jury has recently awarded former prison guard Loren Kransky, $8.3 million dollars. The substantial award came after Kransky accused DePuy Orthopedics - a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson - of marketing a hip implant that they knew to be faulty. The hip implant has since been recalled.
Kransky's attorneys argued that black pieces of metal broke off from the hip replacement and caused various health problems. The jurors agreed with Kransky that the ASR XL implant caused him to suffer health problems including metal poisoning. They declined to find, however, that the company acted with malice, foreclosing any award of punitive damages.
Kransky's suit is one of thousands of similar suits alleging fraud and negligence based on the all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint. DePuy Orthopedics pulled the hip replacement from the market two years ago, amid reports that the implant has left thousands with crippling injuries.
According to attorney for Kransky, Doug Saeltzer, "The message is that these cases are valid, that the injuries are real and severe, and Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have to pay significant money for their mistakes." DePuy plans to appeal the verdict (as usual), and claim that the "ASR XL was properly designed."