Products Liability Essay
Assignment 4: Products Liability
Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
February 17, 2013
Products Liability Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson started out making surgical dressing for hospitals and then that progressed into what Johnson & Johnson is best known for is the Band-Aid brand band aid. They added tape to the dressing and the product was convenient for hospitals as well as mending cuts and scrapes that people get, targeting kids because they are accident prone.
In later years Johnson & Johnson explored other opportunities mainly in the over-the-counter medicinal products. Over the years they have been subject to many lawsuits but …show more content…
The legal theory that applies to the DePuy ASR hip replacement is “design defect theory of product liability.” (Liebhard, 2011). “A design defect is a problem or condition a product has that causes injury to someone who uses the product.” (What is a design defect, 2010-2011). The design of the DePuy ASR hip replacement was metal on metal. The design of the implant caused metal particles to release into the users system through typical and usual use of the product. The metal particles caused the patients to become ill and the DePuy ASP hip replacement resulted in having to be replaced again. The hip replacement should last at least 10 years but patients were having complications within 2 to 5 years of having the procedure. ‘One in eight people needed to have their