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Legal: 1st DePuy metal-on-metal hip lawsuit hits Ireland

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 2:45pm
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Ireland marks the 1st lawsuit against metal-on-metal hip maker DePuy Orthopaedics, with local reports predicting many copy-cat suits to follow.

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The controversy over Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' recalled metal-on-metal hip implants hit courts in Ireland for the 1st time this week.

Irene Pierson, who had both hips replaced with DePuy implants, filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, DePuy and Ireland's Health Service Executive, a regulatory body responsible for overseeing public healthcare and social services.

Pierson had her right hip fitted with a DePuy implant in March 2007 and her left hip in September 2008, and claims that the implants were "not of merchantable quality, and have both commenced to malfunction," the Kildare Nationalist reported.

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