DePuy Designer Blames Some Surgeons For Hip Failures

Law360, Los Angeles (February 22, 2013, 4:35 PM EST) -- A designer of DePuy Inc.'s ASR XL metal hip replacement testifying at the first such product liability trial against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary told a Los Angeles jury Friday that the implant's elevated failure rates were due to surgeons' negligence rather than faulty design.

Dr. Thomas P. Schmalzried, who helped design the metal-on-metal hip implant that is the subject of the trial and scores of other lawsuits against DePuy, testified that the device tended to fail at higher rates because certain surgeons implanted them at...
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