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J&J Profit Pursuit Led to Defective Hip, Lawyer Argues

Johnson & Johnson’s pursuit of profit led it to sell a defective metal-on-metal hip that failed faster than any similar device, a lawyer argued at the first of 10,750 lawsuits over the recalled implant to go to trial.

Jurors in Los Angeles heard closing arguments today on claims by Loren Kranksy, 65, that J&J’s DePuy unit defectively designed its ASR hip and failed to warn of the risks. Kransky attorney Brian Panish asked for compensatory damages of $5.3 million and punitive damages of as much as $179 million.