New York, New York (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
As DePuy ASR lawsuit (http://www.depuy-asr-hip-recall.com/) claims filed in the wake of the 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall continue to move forward in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a settlement has been reached in one ASR case that was scheduled for trial later this month. According to court documents filed in California’s San Francisco Superior Court, the settlement resolves claims in the DePuy ASR lawsuit that had been selected for the state litigation’s first bellwether trial. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. (Ottman v. Johnson & Johnson Services, et al., No. CGC-12-517391;Calif. Super. Ct., San Francisco Cty.)
“News of this settlement is certainly encouraging for anyone who has filed a similar DePuy ASR lawsuit. However, a number of important trials are scheduled to get underway within the next few months in other DePuy ASR recall litigations that could provide important clues as to how juries might weigh claims in other lawsuits,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices, including hundreds of DePuy ASR hip recipients. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to individuals who allegedly experienced serious complications related to the DePuy ASR recall.
DePuy ASR Recall Litigations
According to court documents, the newly settled California lawsuit was one of about 2,000 DePuy ASR recall claims pending in a coordinated litigation underway in California Superior Court. (DePuy ASR HIP System Cases, No. CJC-10-004649; Calif. Super. Ct., San Francisco Cty.) Court filings indicate that Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit are named in more than 11,500 DePuy ASR lawsuits, all of which were filed in the aftermath of the August 2010 DePuy ASR hip replacement recall. Most of those cases are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, where Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing claims. The first bellwether trial in that litigation was also scheduled to begin this month, but has been postponed for up to 90 days. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197)
According to a recent report from Bloomberg.com, at least five other DePuy ASR lawsuits will head to trial over the next several months in litigations underway in New Jersey, Illinois, Florida and California.*
Two trials involving DePuy ASR lawsuits have already concluded at the state court level. In March, a plaintiff was awarded more than $8 million after a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that the hip implant was defectively designed. (Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County) However, a jury in Chicago found for Johnson & Johnson in a second trial just one month later. (Strum v. DePuy, 2011-L-9352, Circuit Court of Cook County)
According the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the DePuy ASR recall was announced after data from a United Kingdom hip registry indicated that 12-to-13% of would experience premature failure of the device.
Alleged victims of complications related to the DePuy ASR recall may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Click Here to visit Bernstein Leibhard LLP’s website for up-to-date information on this litigation, including any new developments regarding DePuy ASR settlements. Free case reviews may also be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.
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