New York, New York (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
Court documents unsealed in a DePuy ASR hip lawsuit show that an internal analysis conducted by Johnson & Johnson in 2011 indicated the recalled hip implant is likely to fail in nearly 40% of recipients within just 5 years of implantation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to The New York Times, Johnson & Johnson never released that analysis, yet publicly challenged similar findings from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales that same year.*
The analysis was part of a cache of court documents unveiled last week in California Superior Court in Los Angeles. According to The New York Times, the first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit in the nation is expected to begin there on Friday. Last Friday, Judge J. Stephen Czuleger unsealed a number of motions that contained portions of pretrial depositions of DePuy officials and related company documents. The information unsealed last week represents only a fraction of what will become public should the trial begin as scheduled, the Times said. (Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County)
“It’s about time this information reached the public. Thousands of patients have already undergone painful revisions surgery due to early failure of an ASR hip. This analysis indicates that thousands more could still face a similar ordeal,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs affected by the August 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall, and continues to offer free legal evaluations on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by the device.
DePuy ASR Hip Recall
The DePuy ASR hip recall was announced after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales found the hips were failing early in 12-13% of patients within five years. In March 2011, the same registry issued an update, reporting that the implants were failing in one-third of patients who had them the longest. According to The New York Times, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit publicly challenged those findings, and company officials have long insisted their handling of the ASR was “forthright and appropriate.”
According to the Times, 2,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits are pending in a consolidated litigation in California state court. An additional 7,000 claims have been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. The first trial in the federal DePuy ASR hip litigation will begin on May 6, 2013, while the second will begin on July 8, 2013. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197).
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing lawsuits in the federal DePuy ASR hip litigation in Ohio.
Firm partner Jeffry Grand is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. That proceeding involves a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System that utilizes the Ultamet liner. Court documents indicate that the first trial in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation is scheduled for September 2014. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone allegedly injured as a result of the DePuy ASR hip and the all-metal Pinnacle device. A wealth of information regarding DePuy hip implant lawsuits is available on Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/ . For additional information, please contact one of our attorneys by calling 877-779-1414.
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