Man wins $8.3 million in suit over hip implant
LOS ANGELES - A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant.
Jurors found that the ASR XL implant was defectively designed and caused metal poisoning and other health problems suffered by Loren Kransky, now 65, after he underwent surgery in 2007. However, the panel rejected his claim that DePuy failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the implant, and it didn't find the company acted with malice, prohibiting Kransky from collecting any punitive damages.
The fraud and negligence suit is the first of nearly 11,000 similar cases involving an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint to reach trial in the United States.
Google will pay $7M to settle Wi-Fi case
SAN FRANCISCO - Google will pay a $7 million penalty to settle a multistate investigation into the search leader's collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks several years ago.
The case dates to 2010 when Google Inc. revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been vacuuming up personal data transmitted over wireless networks that weren't protected by passwords.
Google blamed the snooping, which started in 2007, on an overzealous engineer.
More than 100 fall ill on Caribbean cruise
PORT EVERGLADES - A cruise ship returned to South Florida after concluding a Caribbean voyage that saw more than a hundred people develop a gastrointestinal illness on board.
Royal Caribbean International reported Friday that 105 of 1,991 guests and three of 772 crew members experienced a possible short-lived norovirus illness during the 11-night trip.
Company rewards staff with Beer Cart Friday
PORT ORANGE - Employees at a Florida health-care company are allowed to drink on the company's tab, on company time, thanks to a perk known as "Beer Cart Fridays."
Advance Medical CEO Jennifer Fuicelli said she's been rolling out the beer cart for two years as part of an "unorthodox corporate culture" that rewards employees for hard work. Employees are restricted to one beer, which Fuicelli says is a small price that "pays huge dividends."