J&J, Ethicon Sued Over Surgical Stapler Misfire

Law360, New York (February 26, 2014, 12:15 PM EST) -- A man who developed gangrene and sepsis after a surgical stapler misfired during his hemorrhoid surgery has filed a complaint against Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, in New Jersey federal court, according to court records filed Tuesday.

Brandon Hefferan alleges that an Ethicon stapler that malfunctioned and failed to properly fire while he underwent a hemorrhoidectomy in Germany in July 2012 for grade three hemorrhoids has left him severely and permanently injured.

Ethicon recalled the faulty device one month after his surgery, Hefferan says.

"Defendants knew or should have known prior to distribution and sale of...

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