1 out of 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving the joint
Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
Gilman Law LLP is reporting today that plaintiffs who have filed metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits involving DePuy Orthopaedics recalled ASR hip replacement devices are seeking to compel the deposition of Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson. According to Gilman Law, plaintiffs assert that Mr. Gorsky’s testimony regarding his role in “decision-making on the testing, study, complaint-investigation, continued sale, and subsequent recall of the DePuy ASR device” could lead to the discovery of admissible evidence in their lawsuits. According to the plaintiffs, all of whom have claims pending in the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. Gorsky oversaw Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiaries, DePuy Orthopedics Inc. and DePuy International Ltd. (Jackson, et al. v. Chesapeake Orthopaedics, Inc. and DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., CAL10-32147).
DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, issued a worldwide recall for the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving the joint. Only the ASR hip implant, which is used in traditional hip replacement, was cleared for sale in the U.S.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit have been named in some 8,000 lawsuits since the DePuy ASR hip implant recall was announced. Roughly 2,000 of those complaints are pending in Maryland and other state courts. The majority, some 6,000 lawsuits, have been filed in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Two DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits filed in Nevada recently settled for $600,000, according to Bloomberg.
Several Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics executives have already been ordered to be deposed in the federal litigation, including former DePuy president David Floyd and current president Andrew Ekdahl. The first bellwether trial in that litigation has been scheduled for May 2013.
According to Gilman Law LLP, the litigations established for DePuy ASR hip implants are moving forward quickly. Potential plaintiffs who have not already done so are urged to seek legal counsel immediately, as statutes of limitations on these claims could expire soon, putting victims’ rights to compensation in jeopardy. Gilman Law LLP continues to provide free legal consultations to victims of recalled DePuy ASR hip implants. To learn more about the DePuy ASR hip replacement litigation, and to schedule your free legal evaluation, please contact Gilman Law LLP by visiting Gilmanlawllp.com, or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.
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