Johnson & Johnson will pay the state of Oregon $4 million in a new DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit settlement. The Oregon Department of Justice alleged that DePuy knowingly marketed and sold metal hip replacements that were prone to failure. DePuy sold 432 of the ASR XL hip replacement devices in Oregon.
The Oregon DePuy lawsuit is the first government hip lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, though the company is facing thousands of faulty hip implant lawsuits alleging the devices caused serious complications. Several other government lawsuits against DePuy are underway, as Johnson & Johnson is expected to pay billions of dollars related to the failing hip replacements.
DePuy issued a hip recall in 2010 for the ASR implant after studies found that the device was likely to fail at a rate much higher than expected. Patients who received a DePuy ASR hip replacement have complained of severe side effects, including corrosion, fretting, tissue damage, pain, swelling, limited mobility and toxic levels of metal in the blood stream.