March 11, 2013

Johnson & Johnson avoids punitive damages in first hip implant case

As reported in the New York Times, a jury in Los Angeles declined to award punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson in the first of many trials involving an allegedly defective artificial hip made by Johnson & Johnson's DePuy orthopedics unit.  The jury awarded $8.3 million in compensatory damages, but didn't give the plaintiff the $23 million he requested.