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Alabama Couple Files DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit

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Gaylesville, ALA couple from Gaylesville, Alabama, recently filed a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit in order to seek damages as a result of allegedly faulty devices, reports the Rome News-Tribune.

According to the news source, the lawsuit, which was filed by Charles and Michelle Tucker in US District Court, listed Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit as defendants.

In the DePuy lawsuit, the couple claims Charles Tucker was given the ASR XL Acetabular System in January 2007, and the device was recalled approximately three years later. The lawsuit claimed the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform have been known to fail within two years after having been implanted, despite being designed to last for up to 15 years.

The DePuy lawsuit, which has reportedly been assigned to Judge Harold L. Murphy, alleges the socket bearings and metal ball of the hip device can generate metal debris, which can lead to wear and tear on the surrounding tissues and bone. This, in turn, can allegedly cause serious pain and suffering.

In the Tuckers' lawsuit, the couple claims Charles Tucker "sustained and will continue to sustain severe physical injuries, severe emotional distress, mental anguish, economic losses and other damages," the news source reported.

The latest lawsuit against DePuy over its allegedly faulty hip devices comes as the unit of Johnson & Johnson has taken a significant hit. The allegations that the hip devices can fail and cause serious side effects among patients have not only hurt sales, but have affected the unit's workforce as well.

According to Inside Indiana Business, DePuy recently released a statement indicating it plans to start prioritizing investments and making sure that its workforce is "appropriately sized." In the release, DePuy said it plans to restructure its business and reduce its number of workers.

"This announcement affects a minimal number of employees," the company said in the release. "Displaced employees are receiving severance packages as well as outplacement support."

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