J&J faces 2nd trial in in recalled hip controversy | MassDevice.com On Call

March 14, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

Johnson & Johnson denies claims in the 2nd of a slate of lawsuits over its recalled metal-on-metal hip implants.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) denied claims this month in the 2nd of tens of thousands of patient injury lawsuits over its implanted metal-on-metal hips.

The company countered complaints brought by Carol Strum, who claimed that her ASR hip implant failed due to a defect in design and that she required revision surgery after just 3 years, Bloomberg reported.

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"Before Carol Strum ever had the ASR put into her body, DePuy knew that the design flaws in this defective device could cause it to shed those particles into patients, causing tissue death, causing high blood metal ion levels and the need for the serious and unnecessary second surgery," Strum's lawyer, Denman Heard, said.

Earlier this month a California jury ruled against Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy subsidiary in finding that the company's ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implant was defectively designed.