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Class Action Lawsuit Filed By 20 Tasmanians Against DePuy Orthopedics

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A class action lawsuit filed in Sydney, Australia federal court involves 20 Tasmanians who joined together against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics for the faulty ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement device.  Tammy Stanford is the lead plaintiff in the class action.

Stanford said that she has had three operations since her hip was replaced in 2005 because “There was a lot of wear and tear on my body and he [her surgeon] actually described what he had to scrape as a black tar, gunky substance and the images of that were just terrifying, thinking I had that inside me.”

An attorney for the plaintiffs in the class action said that one of the problems with the ASR is “metal wear debris gets into the bloodstream and causes soft tissue reaction and also degradation of the bone around the hip”.

More than 5,500 Australians have the ASR hip replacement, and the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry reports that nearly 1000 hip replacement surgeries are performed each year in Tasmania alone.

The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit are seeking economic damages and damages for pain and suffering. disclaimer: This article: Class Action Lawsuit Filed By 20 Tasmanians Against DePuy Orthopedics was posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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