Johnson & Johnson concealed hip implant defects, lawyers say

The company is facing thousands of lawsuits over its all-metal hip implants, which it recalled in 2010

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) knew of defects in its all-metal hip implants but concealed the information from the public for years, lawyers claimed Friday during opening arguments in one of many personal injury suits involving J&J’s articular surface replacement (ASR) implants.

The company’s DePuy unit began selling the implants in 2004, then recalled them in 2010, when data showed that they were failing at relatively high rates. But according to testimony from a company engineer, DePuy officials knew that the ASR’s design was flawed and potentially unstable, but kept that information from doctors.

Alanna Byrne

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.