Rottenstein Law Group Notes Scheduling of Examinations of DePuy Executives in Pending Litigation

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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, notes with support the scheduling of examinations of DePuy executives.

The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the recall of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, notes with support the scheduling of examinations of DePuy executives.

With discovery—the pretrial phase of litigation that involves a comprehensive trading of information relevant to the claims and defenses raised in a lawsuit—underway in the multidistrict litigation surrounding DePuy Orthopaedics’s embattled ASR hip replacement system, the plaintiffs’ liaison counsel has called for examinations of DePuy executives, to be held in February and March. By notices dated January 12, 2012, and filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division—where In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation (case no 1:10-md-2197) is pending before the Honorable David A. Katz— the plaintiffs’ lawyers have scheduled the video depositions of Sally Hunter and Pam Plouhar. Ms. Hunter is the Vice-President of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs for DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson; Ms. Plouhar is DePuy’s Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Affairs. Ms. Hunter is scheduled to be examined in England in early February, Ms. Plouhar in Indiana in early March.

In a March 2010 piece in the New York Times, Ms. Hunter was quoted as having said that “[w]ith declining sales of this particular product in its market segment, we are focusing on newer technologies.” Yet in August of 2010, DePuy announced a global recall of its ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System. 93,000 persons worldwide had an ASR device implanted before the recall, according to data published by DePuy itself. DePuy recalled its ASR devices 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, as reported by the Times.

Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, 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 ASR Lawsuit Information Center at http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.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.

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 http:// defective medical devices. http://www.rotlaw.com
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