Another Orthopedic Company Stung With Subpoena

Law360, New York (June 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Another orthopedic device maker announced it has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice, signaling the government could be conducting an industrywide probe into the $7 billion-a-year orthopedics industry.

Britain-based Smith & Nephew said the government asked for all documents going back to January 2001 that relate to violations of antitrust laws in the manufacture and sale of orthopedic implants.

In recent weeks, four of the company’s U.S. competitors also said they were under scrutiny for violation of antitrust laws. Officials with Biomet Inc., Zimmer...
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