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 punitive damages for the injuries caused by the device. A verdict is expected shortly. Interestingly, the FDA changed its regulations pertaining to hip replacement devices following the DePuy recall. Specifically, the FDA issued guidelines for patients implanted with metal on metal hip implants, advising physical examinations, diagnostic imaging and metal ion testing as needed.

If you have had a hip replacement, which used the DePuy ASR or DePuy Pinnacle devices, you can contact Stark & Stark and speak to one of the Mass Tort attorneys, free of charge, who can help assess any claims that you might have against the DePuy manufacturers.