April 25, 2012 by MassDevice staff
Johnson & Johnson’s metal-on-metal hip replacement recall spurs a class action lawsuit Down Under, with more than 1,000 patients seeking damages that may top $200 million; Essential Medical Devices dismisses its patent infringement suit against Masimo; and Biolase files an optical laser patent lawsuit against unnamed European competitor.
A Down Under law firm co-handling the lawsuit estimated patients’ claims to top $200 million,CourrierMail.com.au reported.
Metal-on-metal hips have spurred much controversy since DePuy launched a recall in August 2010. One U.K. study called for an outright ban as researchers found that the devices failed more often than other hip replacements.