J&J Can't Use Mensing To Keep Metal Hip Case Federal

Law360, New York (September 26, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has returned a personal injury suit over a Johnson & Johnson unit's metal-on-metal hip implant to state court, rejecting the company's argument that claims against the physician who helped design the implant are preempted by the U.S. Supreme Court's Mensing decision.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson denied DePuy Orthopaedics' attempt to remove the case to federal court Sept. 18. The suit, filed in California state court in July, claims plaintiff Ron Harmon's DePuy Pinnacle hip implant failed, causing him great pain and...
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