Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics is still responsible for an $8.3 million award to a patient who claimed the companies were responsible for injuries caused by recalled hip implants.
California Judge J. Stephen Czuleger rejected DePuy’s request for a new trial, maintaining the jury decision handed down in March, which found that the company’s metal-on-metal implants were defectively designed.
The medical device maker said last month that it would attempt to reverse the decision, which was the result of the 1st complaint to go to trial in the high-profile lawsuits over the implants.
Judge Czuleger denied the attempt to appeal the ruling on the grounds that the plaintiff had provided enough evidence to establish that the products were defective in design, Law360.com reported.
J&J is also on the hook for a high-profile multi-district lawsuit combining more than 900 complaints about the hip implants. The MDT, filed in the District Court for Northern Texas under Judge Ed Kinkeade, accused DePuy Orthopaedics of negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation and failure to properly design, manufacture, and market the Pinnacle system.
Earlier this month Kinkeade ordered the Warsaw, Ind.-based medical device company to produce “monitor reports” from a court-appointed overseer of DePuy’s compliance with a deferred prosecution agreement with the New Jersey U.S. district attorney, according to court documents.