Wednesday, November 13, 2013
According to articles from the New York Times and Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson has purportedly reached a tentative agreement to settle a multitude of lawsuits resulting from flaws in Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip replacement devices made by its DePuy Orthopaedics division. Sommers Schwartz represents dozens of plaintiffs injured by the ASR design and other artificial hip implants.
It is believed that each plaintiff would receive an average of $350,000. Reports indicate that only patients who have had to undergo revision surgeries to remove and replace the DePuy ASR implants would be eligible to participate in the resolution, an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 cases of the 12,000 lawsuits filed.
The settlement is expected to be announced next week in federal court in Toledo, Ohio, where U.S. District Judge David Katz is coordinating federal litigation. Though the deal, if Judge Katz approves it, would effectively end litigation involving the DePuy’s ASR device, Johnson & Johnson continues to face thousands of lawsuits involving another all-metal hip design marketed under the Pinnacle name.
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