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DePuy Hip Joint Recall Causes Flood of Lawsuits

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Nearly 1,000 lawsuits have been filed in federal and state court across the country against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., regarding their metal-on-metal hip joint replacement devices, most claiming that the manufacturer knew about the problems and dangers of the implants.

Federal judges have consolidated many of the hip replacement lawsuits in federal court in Ohio, while some attorneys are pushing for class action certification so all the lawsuits can be combined into one.

Parent company Johnson & Johnson estimates that 37,000 people in the U.S. and 93,000 people world-wide have had the defective devices implanted, known as the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and DePuy ASR Acetabular System.  A lead plaintiff attorney has reported that J&J has turned over 200,000 of an estimated 18 million pages of internal documents so far.

According to the Wall Street Journal, J&J has increased its reserves for product-liability by $570 million, and has put aside $280 million to cover surgeries and medical care for patients with the faulty hip joints.

A spokesperson for DePuy said that the company will cover “ the cost of all medical care associated with the device, including replacement surgery,” according to the Wall Street Journal. disclaimer: This article: DePuy Hip Joint Recall Causes Flood of Lawsuits was posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 6:33 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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