Johnson & Johnson depuy pinnacle hip lawsuit update
Johnson & Johnson Fails to Escape False Claim Accusations in Hip Device Suit
October 2, 2017
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics have lost another bid to escape the accusations that they indirectly submitted false claims to the government concerning their hip replacement devices.
The companies had attempted to get the courts to dismiss false-claim allegations by whistleblowers Antoni Nargol and David Langton. Those allegations state that, though the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement device has a manufacturing defect owing to its metal-on-metal construction, the company made direct and false claims to state and federal government agencies that had the effect of indirectly causing healthcare providers to pass along those false claims to insurers.
The companies had argued that Nargol and Langton had failed to abide by certain technical standards of making allegations of false claims, but the courts refuted this argument.
The suit may now proceed as the plaintiffs originally planned it.
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