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 parties have created a website dedicated to providing news and other information concerning the terms of the settlement offer. That website can be accessed here.

The settlement is valued at approximately $2.5 billion. However, only certain plaintiffs will be eligible for enrollment in the settlement. For more information on whether you are eligible to receive benefits under the agreement, contact Stark & Stark and speak to one of the Mass Tort Attorneys, free of charge.

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 agreed to settle the majority of the pending ASR lawsuits. The agreement, if accepted by the court, would be one of the largest product liability settlements involving a medical device ever entered. The deal would provide compensation to approximately 7,000 to 8,000 patients who had a replacement operation.

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 manufactures.

 

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, due to high levels of chromium and/or cobalt.

According to a Master Case List update, approximately 150 new cases were filed in September 2013. The Judge presiding over the litigation issued an Order on September 30 requiring that all Pinnacle suits, with the exception of those that have already been selected to serve as bellwether cases, be stayed until those trials have concluded.

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

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 the first cases scheduled for trial has now settled. The most recent case management order indicates that that case has been resolved and removed from the docket pending a signed stipulation from the parties. Some commentators are optimistic that DePuy is considering a global settlement that will end the litigation nationwide. In New Jersey, the next Case Management Conference is scheduled for November 21, 2013.

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.

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 levels of chromium and/or cobalt.

Although a recall was issued on the DePuy ASR hip implant in 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics refused to issue a recall on the DePuy Pinnacle when faced with similar allegations as the ASR. Almost three years after the ASR recall, the manufacturer has now announced that it will cease the manufacturing of the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacements and the Pinnacle metal-on-ceramic hip replacements in August 2013. However, DePuy Orthopaedics claims that the decision to stop selling the device is not based on the ongoing litigation, but instead blames declining sales and a desire to streamline its product as the reasons.

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 manufactures.

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 Northern District of Ohio in May 2013, to apply the punitive damages rules of the plaintiffs’ home states.  DePuy’s counsel filed the motion in hopes of limiting a potentially high punitive damage award .

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.

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 two factors behind its decision to drop the all-metal Pinnacle: 1) sharply declining surgeon demand for all-metal devices and 2) a recent ruling by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) affecting such products.  DePuy will completely phase out the metal on metal device by the end of 2014.

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.

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 that male patients with 10 mcg/L cobalt had nearly a 22 percent higher risk of failure with the DePuy ASR device.  The failure rate was significantly higher in females, climbing to 43 percent risk with identical cobalt levels. Currently, the FDA recommends against routine blood metal ion testing in patients with no symptoms.  This study asks the FDA to revisit that recommendation.   The hope is that patients with elevated cobalt levels can receive physician treatment early and determine whether revision surgery is necessary.

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.

As we previously reported, DePuy has recalled its ASR hip replacement device.  There are thousands of cases pending across the country related to the ASR device.  This blog provides some of the warning signs that your ASR device has failed.  This list is not comprehensive and should not be substituted for the judgment of your physician or medical provider.  If you have had a DePuy ASR hip implant, it is recommended that you contact your medical provider immediately.  Some of the reported signs that your device has failed or is otherwise defective include:

  1. The inability to squat to the full range you should be able to post-surgery or post-therapy;
  2. Pain or continued pain in the hip, leg, lower back or groin area after the appropriate healing time has passed;
  3. The feeling that something is loose or not fully connected in your hip area;
  4. An audible “click” or “popping” sound in the hip area; and
  5. The inability to fully move or a limitation on your normal range of motion.

Again, this list of symptoms or observations is not exhaustive.  It is strongly recommended that you contact your medical provider to discuss your DePuy ASR device.

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.