Federal Court Handling Consolidated Pretrial Matters in DePuy Orthopaedics ASR Hip Lawsuits Sets Next Conference, Requires Disclosures

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The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the recall of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, has learned that the next status conference in the multidistrict litigation has been scheduled for November 22.

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We implore anyone with a friend or relative who has received a hip replacement device since 2003 to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer

By Order dated October 26, 2011, in the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) known as In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL Docket No. 1:10-md-02197) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, presiding Judge David A. Katz scheduled a status conference with the Executive Committee for the morning of November 22, to be held in the federal courthouse in Toledo. The Executive Committee consists of six lawyers from as many firms designated by the Court in January to represent the interests of all plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation.

Late last month, Judge Katz, by Case Management Order No. 10, required defendant DePuy to provide certain information and documentation for each ASR device identified as having been implanted in a plaintiff in the litigation. Once a plaintiff has identified by serial number a device and/or components thereof, DePuy must within 120 days disclose information including, among other things: the date on which the device/component was manufactured; the facilities where manufactured; the date shipped; the chain of custody of the item; and the identity of any sales representative present when the device was implanted. In addition, DePuy must produce documentation containing relevant communications concerning each device at issue, as well as any adverse event reports and documents obtained by Broadspire, DePuy’s insurance carrier, from each plaintiff.

In August of 2010, DePuy announced a global hip replacement recall of two devices: the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System. Each unit replaces a worn or weakened part of the hip. Many orthopedic doctors believe that the units were poorly designed; the implants can generate debris from wear, causing inflammation and tissue damage in recipients, all as reported last year by the New York Times. 93,000 persons worldwide had an ASR device implanted before the recall, according to data published by DePuy itself.

DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, recalled its ASR devices globally after the National Joint Registry of England and Wales made public data showing that, within five years, about 12% of recipients of the hip resurfacing system and about 13% of recipients of the acetabular system needed corrective surgery.

Rottenstein Law Group principal Rochelle Rottenstein says, “We implore anyone with a friend or relative who has received a hip replacement device since 2003 to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer.”

The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a DePuy Hip Recall Information Center at http://www.depuysettlement.com. The site has features that allow for easy sharing, including links for automatic posting on Facebook and Twitter, specifically to enable visitors to spread the word about the DePuy ASR recall and litigation.

About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices. http://www.rotlaw.com

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