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Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Hip-Replacement Devices

Johnson & Johnson was sued by a California construction worker over an implanted hip-replacement device that the drugmaker stopped selling last month after defect reports surfaced.

Officials of J&J’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit knew for years many of the 93,000 patients with ASR hip implants required corrective surgeries due to the mechanisms’ defects, lawyers for Maurice Brigham said in their lawsuit. Brigham, a heavy-equipment operator, received two implants in 2007, the suit said.