A federal judge approved nearly all of an $8.75 million jury award to a woman whose lawsuit against G.D. Searle & Co. said the manufacturer's Copper-7 intrauterine device left her sterile.

However, in his ruling Tuesday U.S. District Judge Robert Renner lowered the award to Esther Ko-ciemba for emotional distress from $1 million to $400,000, based on state law limiting such awards to the lower figure.Renner upheld a $7 million punitive damage award and a $750,000 damage award for pain and suffering.

In its verdict Friday, the jury found that the Copper-7 was not properly tested, that Searle failed to warn about risks connected with the birth-control device and that the company intentionally misrepresented the IUD.