Johnson & Johnson Must Pay Damages in DePuy Orthopedics Case

A jury has awarded Loren Kransky, a former prison guard, $8.3 million in his case against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics.

After he received DePuy’s ASR XL hip implant, the jury determined it lead to metal poisoning and other health problems. The jury did not believe that the company acted in malice, however, which prohibits Kransky from receiving punitive damages.

More than 90,000 people worldwide received the implant over eight years, but Kranksy’s suit is the first of thousands of similar cases to reach trial in the United States involving the all-metal, ball-and-socket hip joint - a design pulled from the market two years ago.

According to the Associated Press, Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

DePuy Orthopedics plans to appeal the verdict.