Johnson & Johnson lands jury's favor in 2nd metal-on-metal hip lawsuit

April 17, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

A Chicago jury leaned in Johnson & Johnson's favor this week in finding that the company was not liable for the alleged injuries experienced by a patient implanted with a metal-on-metal ASR XL hip implant.

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A Chicago jury this week jury ruled in favor of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), rejecting a patient's claims that the company was liable for injuries she allegedly sustained after receiving the metal-on-metal ASR XL hip implant.

The lawsuit is the 2nd tried in a long line of complaints against the metal hips and their manufacturer, DePuy Orthopaedics, which Johnson & Johnson acquired in 1998.

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The jury, comprised of 7 women and 5 men, handed the win to Johnson & Johnson, denying all claims for damages, but the decision wasn't unanimous.

"There was a majority that was for DePuy and a minority that was for the plaintiff," jury forewoman Ameenah Muhammad- Williams told reporters outside the courthouse. "Their case was not strong enough for all 12 of us to agree."

Plaintiff Carol Strum's lawyers had argued that the components of the metal-on-metal hip implant had rubbed against each other and worn away, releasing minute particles of chromium and cobalt into her blood stream. They had asked for $5 million in compensatory damages.