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When Artificial Hips Go Bad: Thousands Sue over ASR XL by Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary

Michael Kelly, attorney for plaintiff Loren Kransky, holds up an ASR XL hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson during his opening statement to the jury at the trial of Kransky v. DePuy, at California Superior Court in Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Michael Kelly, attorney for plaintiff Loren Kransky, holds up an ASR XL hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson during his opening statement to the jury at the trial of Kransky v. DePuy, at California Superior Court in Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

In recent weeks, a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court has been diving deep into the world of artificial hips. They’re hearing the case of a Montana man whose hip implant went bad –- but they’re also laying the legal groundwork for what’s expected to be a massive settlement between the maker of the hip and more than 10,000 Americans.

De Puy, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, stands accused of producing a defective design, failing to warn doctors and patients when word first came trickling back the hip was failing at high rates, and then moving too slowly to recall the product.

The ASR hip went to market in Europe in 2003; in the US, in 2005. Within a year or two of when it was first sold in Europe, concerns about the ASR began filtering back to J&J through surgeons. Continue reading