Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief criminally charged with sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper, was sued by the woman for what her lawyer called “violent and deplorable acts.”
Stryker Corp. , a maker of artificial knees and hips, filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Zimmer Holdings Inc. to block sales of a device that removes damaged tissue and cleans bones during joint surgery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Johnson & Johnson , which is already facing more than 1,000 lawsuits over hip replacements, to study whether its implants raise the level of metal in patients’ blood to dangerous levels.
Genzyme Corp. , the drugmaker bought by Sanofi-Aventis SA this month, sued Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Anika Therapeutics Inc. alleging the companies’ treatments for arthritic knee pain infringe a patent.
Johnson & Johnson’s newfound dominance of the orthopedic-device market, cemented by its $21.3 billion acquisition of Synthes Inc. , may drive rivals Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Stryker Corp. to seek purchases of their own.