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J&J Gets $70M Punitives Slashed In Surgical Stapler Case

Law360 (June 13, 2018, 10:40 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday slashed a $70 million punitive damages award to $19.6 million in a suit alleging a Johnson & Johnson unit’s defective surgical stapler and a doctor’s negligence caused a woman’s anus to be stapled shut during hemorrhoid surgery, saying the award was excessive.

The company and its subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery LLC had asked the panel in May to toss the verdict or at least reduce it, arguing the evidence didn’t support the jury’s finding that the device maker acted with malice....
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