Los Angeles jury awards more than $8 million in damages in J&J's DePuy hip implant case

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A judge's gavel.

A jury in Los Angeles on Friday awarded more than $8 million to a man who accused Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

Jurors on Friday awarded the damages in 65-year-old Loren Kransky's negligence and defective design lawsuit.

It's the first of thousands of similar cases that attorneys say left people with crippling problems or in need of other replacement surgeries.

Defense attorneys argued Kransky had a host of pre-existing health ailments and thehip implant didn't make him worse.

The all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people worldwide and pulled from the market two years ago.

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