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DePuy ASR Lawsuits to Settle

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As we have previously reported, DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., was involved in detailed settlement discussions to resolve thousands of lawsuits involving its ASR hip device. The cases, centralized in federal court as part of a multi-district litigation (“MDL”) and centralized in New Jersey state court, may soon resolve for those plaintiffs who underwent revision surgery. The… Continue Reading

Johnson & Johnson Reportedly Agrees to Settle DePuy ASR Lawsuits for $4 Billion

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As we have previously reported, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has recalled its ASR hip replacement device. There are thousands of cases pending across the country related to the ASR device. These cases continue to proceed in state and federal courts. The New York Times reports that DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has… Continue Reading

Over 150 Cases Added to DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit

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As we have previously reported, there are over 10,000 lawsuits pending nationwide against Johnson & Johnson for its metal-on-metal hip replacements, the DePuy Pinnacle and the DePuy ASR. Plaintiffs allege that the metal-on-metal hip replacement devices have a higher-than-normal failure rate. Additionally, some plaintiffs have complained that the device has caused metal poisoning, called metallosis,… Continue Reading

DePuy ASR Lawsuit Settles in New Jersey

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As we have previously reported, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has recalled its ASR hip replacement device. There are thousands of cases pending across the country related to the ASR device. These cases continue to proceed in state and federal courts. The cases currently pending in Bergen County, New Jersey continue to move closer to trial. However, one of… Continue Reading

Johnson & Johnson to Discontinue Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

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Currently, there are more than 10,000 lawsuits pending nationwide against Johnson & Johnson for its metal-on-metal hip replacements, the DePuy Pinnacle and the DePuy ASR. Plaintiffs allege that the metal-on-metal hip replacement devices have a higher-than-normal failure rate. Additionally, some plaintiffs have complained that the device has caused metal poisoning, called metallosis, due to high… Continue Reading

DePuy Files Motion to Limit Punitive Damages

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As we previously reported, DePuy recalled its ASR hip replacement device after studies allegedly revealed the device had a higher-than-normal failure rate.  Currently, there are thousands of cases pending across the country related to the ASR device. Counsel for DePuy Orthopaedics filed a motion in the federal litigation in the U.S. District Court for the… Continue Reading

Johnson & Johnson Faces out Metal on Metal Design

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The New York Times reports that the orthopedic unit of Johnson & Johnson, DePuy, will be phasing out its metal on metal hip devices.  DePuy, makers of the ASR and Pinnacle hip devices, currently faces approximately 14,000 lawsuits nationwide.  These cases are currently pending in state and federal courts. In a statement, Depuy pointed to… Continue Reading

New Study Correlates Elevated Cobalt Levels with Hip Device Failure

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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal Open suggests that elevated blood metal ion concentrations may be associated with early failure of metal on metal devices.  The study reveals that the presence of elevated cobalt blood levels is correlated with an increased risk of failure in the DePuy ASR device. The study reveals… Continue Reading

Jury Awards Plaintiff $8.3 Million in First DePuy ASR Trial

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As we previously reported, the first trial of the approximately 10,000 DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits commenced in Los Angeles, California in late January 2013. On March 11, 2013, a California jury awarded the plaintiff $8,338,000 in compensatory damages after concluding that the ASR total hip device was defectively designed.  The award consisted of $338,000… Continue Reading

First DePuy ASR Trial Comes to a Close

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As we previously reported, the first trial of the approximately ten thousand DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits commenced in Los Angeles, California in late January 2013. The Los Angeles jury heard closing arguments the last week of February.  Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for $5.3 million in compensatory damages and an additional $179 million in… Continue Reading

J & J DePuy Engineer Blames Surgeons for Product Failures

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An orthopedic surgeon who helped design the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement testified for the defense in California state court this week.  The surgeon, Dr. Thomas Schmalzried, was paid $3.6 million by DePuy’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, for his work on the device.  Dr. Schmalzried testified that the surgeons that install the devices are… Continue Reading

First DePuy ASR Trial Continues

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As we previously reported, the first trial in the DePuy ASR hip litigation began in late January 2013, in California. Almost 4 weeks later, the trial continues. Since Johnson & Johnson’s recall of the DePuy ASR in August 2010, approximately 10,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide. On February 21, 2013, a toxicologist, Dennis J. Paustenbach… Continue Reading

First Trial in DePuy Hip Recall Litigation Begins

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As we have previously reported, in August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled all of its ASR products after reports surfaced alleging a higher than normal failure rate for their metal-on-metal hip implant devices. The recall encompassed about 93,000 devices in the United States, which has prompted the filing of approximately 10,000 lawsuits since 2010. The first… Continue Reading

Depositions of DePuy Executives Scheduled

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DePuy ASR hip lawsuits in the federal consolidated action, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), continue to proceed with several depositions of DePuy executives scheduled to take place in the next three months. On August 22, 2012, eight depositions were noticed in the federal DePuy ASR hip… Continue Reading

DePuy ASR Hip Recall Nears Two-Year Anniversary

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The DePuy ASR hip recall continues to affect thousands of individuals as we reach the two-year anniversary of the recall. As we previously reported, on August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a worldwide recall of its metal-on-metal ASR hip implant devices. According to Johnson & Johnson, the DePuy ASR… Continue Reading

Johnson & Johnson to Settle First Lawsuits in DePuy ASR Litigation

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As we have previously reported, in August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled all of its ASR products after reports surfaced alleging a higher than normal failure rate for their metal-on-metal hip implant devices. The recall encompassed about 37,000 devices in the United States, resulting in approximately 8,000 lawsuits being filed since 2010. A recent Bloomberg article has… Continue Reading

Ten Percent of DePuy Pinnacle All-Metal Hip Replacements Expected to Fail

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A successor to the DePuy ASR model, the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system has nearly 1,600 lawsuits pending in U.S. courts. Doctors tracking large groups of patients with both products estimate that more than 10 percent of the DePuy Pinnacle all-metal hips will have failed in the next two to three years. Many patients with… Continue Reading

DePuy ASR Bellwether Cases To Be Selected by August 8, 2012

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On July 25, 2012, Judge David A. Katz, who is overseeing the federal DePuy ASR cases in the Northern District of Ohio, established the protocol to select the initial bellwether cases for trial. Courts often use the bellwether approach when a large number of plaintiffs are pursuing the same general theory of liability. Otherwise, it… Continue Reading

Mass Tort Judge In New Jersey Sets Trial Dates for DePuy Lawsuit

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On July 26, 2012, Judge Martinotti hosted a joint MDL/State Case Management Conference in Bergen County, New Jersey, along with the Honorable David A. Katz, U.S.D.J., who is presiding over the federal cases in the MDL in Ohio. As previously discussed, the centralization of the state and federal cases will streamline the DePuy lawsuits, allowing… Continue Reading

Mass Tort Judge in New Jersey Anticipates New Jersey Depuy ASR Trial Dates for Mid 2013

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On April 25, 2012, Judge Martinotti hosted a joint MDL/State Case Management Conference in Bergen County, New Jersey, along with the Honorable David A. Katz, U.S.D.J., who is presiding over the federal cases in the MDL in Ohio. As previously discussed, the centralization of the state and federal cases will streamline the lawsuits, allowing the… Continue Reading

New Bill Could Restrict Medical Device Approval Process

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A recent Bloomberg article, reported that House Democrat Edward Markey (MA) has sponsored a bill that would prevent manufacturers from asserting that their new medical devices are “substantially equivalent” to existing, approved devices, under certain circumstances.  While the bill was apparently developed as a result of a 1999 recall of vaginal mesh manufactured by Boston… Continue Reading

Johnson & Johnson Continued Marketing FDA Rejected Hip Device in Europe

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According to a recent New York Times article, Johnson & Johnson continued to market an artificial hip replacement in Europe, despite the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejecting its sale in the United States, based on safety concerns.  The company also continued to sell a similarly designed device in the United States, the articular surface… Continue Reading