Last month, health care product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson announced a recall on hip-replacement devices known as the DuPuy ASR Hip Implant System. Now, the beleaguered corporation is the target of lawsuits filed in federal and state courts alleging that the company knew about the design flaws of its product but did not respond appropriately. Studies conducted in Great Britain suggest that as many as 1 in 8 patients who received the implant required revision surgery to correct problems associated with the defect, such as pain, inflammation, infection, and tissue damage.
As of this writing, lawsuits have been filed in California and New Jersey. With over 93,000 patients having received the device, it is almost certain that more legal action will follow.