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Johnson & Johnson to pay $8.3m in artificial hip case

NEW YORK — A jury in Los Angeles on Friday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $8.3 million in damages to a Montana man in the first of some 10,000 lawsuits pending against the medical products maker in connection with a now-recalled artificial hip.

However, the 12-person panel declined to issue punitive damages, saying the company’s DePuy orthopedics unit, which made and marketed the all-metal device, did not act with fraud or malice. The implant, known as the Articular Surface Replacement, or ASR, was recalled in mid-2010.

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