Rottenstein Law Group Cautions DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Victims About Marketing Web Sites Offering Free Case Evaluations

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The Rottenstein Law Group is warning those affected by the DePuy hip replacement recall about Web sites that are not what they appear to be. The firm cautions recipients of the recalled DePuy implants who search online for legal consultation that many Web sites designed to suggest affiliation with a law firm are simply commercial sites soliciting personal information that can be sold as well as permission to send the user marketing emails directly in the future.

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the user risks not just agreeing to receive spam and having his or her time wasted while waiting for a case evaluation that might never take place, but also revealing information without the protection of any duty of confidentiality

According to Rottenstein Law Group principal Rochelle Rottenstein, the recent recall of DePuy Orthopaedics’s defective hip implants has led to the creation of hundreds of new Web sites targeted at those who might have been injured by the products and are considering bringing a lawsuit. These Web sites give the impression that they are sponsored by or affiliated with a law firm and that any information supplied by the user will be passed on to a lawyer for immediate review. In fact, these sites are created, maintained, and used by marketing firms that are not affiliated with any law firm.

“A given site of this kind will gather a victim’s name, phone numbers, street and email addresses, and information about the person’s circumstances, all so that the victim can purportedly get a ‘complimentary case review’ or the like. The site is not maintained by any law firm, though. Rather, it is run by a marketing company, as revealed in the fine print. By submitting personal information, including contact information, the user agrees to receive ‘future advertisements’ from the marketing company and its affiliates—that is, emails that the individual would likely consider spam. And a further ‘agreement’ that your information will be reviewed by ‘more than one attorney and/or law firm’ is a clear indicator that the marketing company behind the Web site or a similar company will be selling your information to as many different law firms as it can. You might be contacted by one firm, or more than one, or none.”

Rottenstein recommends that anyone searching online for a lawyer with whom to discuss the DePuy hip replacement recall read the fine print on a Web site, including any Terms of Use, Disclaimer, and/or Privacy Policy, before submitting any information. “A user should look for the name of a specific lawyer or law firm. Otherwise, the user risks not just agreeing to receive spam and having his or her time wasted while waiting for a case evaluation that might never take place, but also revealing information without the protection of any duty of confidentiality,” she says. Rottenstein recommends that those exploring their legal options with regard to the recalled DePuy implants visit only Web sites operated by actual law firms, such as the Rottenstein Law Group’s Web site on the DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit.

About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in specific mass tort actions. The firm was recently founded by Ms. Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action lawsuits in a more compassionate manner than is typical. http://www.rotlaw.com

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