Fund Wants J&J To Pay Up For Faulty Hip Implants

By Mike Cherney (April 21, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey employee benefits fund that paid for allegedly defective hip replacements made by a Johnson & Johnson unit filed a class action against the company Wednesday, seeking reimbursement for insurers and other third-party payors that covered the devices.

The class action by the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund is believed to be the first to seek reimbursement for health insurers and others that covered the implants, made by J&J unit DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., said Douglas Plymale, an attorney representing the benefits fund. The fund provides health care benefits to employees at several municipalities in northern New Jersey....

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