DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Latest Testimony in DePuy ASR Trial

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An expert witness called to the stand in the nation’s first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit trial testified that the metal-on-metal hip suffered from numerous design flaws that contributed to its high failure rate

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This witness provided valuable insight about the mechanisms behind the ASR’s high failure rate.

Testimony continues in the nation’s first trial involving a DePuy ASR hip lawsuit, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to, a biomedical engineer called to the stand yesterday told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury that the ASR hip suffered from numerous design flaws, including the half-circle shape of the metal cup and the cup’s thin wall, that caused it to fail at rates much higher than other implants. The witness, a professor from McGill University, stated that it was his opinion that any claimed benefits of the ASR were outweighed by its risks. * (Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County)

“This witness provided valuable insight about the mechanisms behind the ASR’s high failure rate,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices, including hundreds of recipients of the ASR hip implant. The Firm is offering free DePuy ASR lawsuit consultations to individuals allegedly injured by the recalled implant.

DePuy ASR Litigation
According to, some 93,000 ASR hips were recalled in August 2010, after the metal-on-metal hip implants were found to be failing in 12-13% of recipients within just 5 years. During yesterday’s proceeding, jurors also viewed the videotaped deposition of a DePuy Orthopaedics engineer who stated the company reviewed data showing that 28% of ASR hips had failed at a hospital in Finland. He also discussed findings from the U.K. national joint registry in 2011 showing that more than 27% of ASR hips failed after seven years. Documents disclosed on the eve of the trial included a Johnson & Johnson analysis from 2011 that estimated nearly 40% of the ASR hip implants will fail within five years of surgery.

Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit have been named in more than 10,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits since the recall. More than 7,400 have been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. (In re DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197) The rest are pending in state courts in California and elsewhere. According to court documents, the first trials in the federal DePuy ASR litigation are scheduled to begin in May. A second DePuy ASR hip lawsuit will go to trial later this month in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Litigation, No. 10-L-10506) Juries will also start hearing claims in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court in the fall. (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Implants Litigation, BER-L-3971-11)

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing DePuy ASR hip lawsuits in the federal litigation. In addition, partner Jeffry S. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, involving a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. Court documents indicate that the first DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit will go to trial in 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 about the process for filing a DePuy ASR hip lawsuit is available on Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, . For additional information, please contact one of our attorneys by calling 877-779-1414.


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Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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