MONTGOMERY, Ala. (November 19, 2013) – DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has agreed to a $2.475 billion charge to settle thousands of claims related to injuries suffered as the result of defective ASR hip implant parts. The settlement has been approved by U.S. District Judge David A. Katz in the Northern District of Ohio, who is overseeing the consolidated litigation, along with the other state court judges where cases were filed. DePuy faced more than 10,000 cases in the U.S. related to its ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems, which it recalled in August 2010 amid reports that unusually high rates of the devices failed after just five years. Beasley Allen attorney Navan Ward, Jr., was selected to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the consolidated litigation for cases against DePuy Orthopaedics in the hip implant products liability litigation.
“Since the DePuy ASR hip device was pulled from the market in August 2010, my firm, along with several attorneys around the country, has worked hard to expose the problems with the DePuy ASR hip device,” Ward said. “Many of our clients have suffered and will continue to suffer negative outcomes resulting from their ASR hip implant, including but not limited to premature hip revision surgery(s). We are looking forward to resolving their ASR claims as soon as possible in order to provide our ASR clients the much needed compensation that they deserve. Resolution of the ASR claims would likely have a significant influence on the other metal-on-metal hip litigations by encouraging those manufacturers to take sincere steps toward resolving claims against them as well.”
An estimated 93,000 people worldwide are affected by the DePuy recall. Patients are reporting problems within as little as five years after receiving the hip implants, which use metal-on-metal parts. Patients are reporting problems including pain, swelling and problems walking. The ASR hip implant has shown that it may loosen from the bone. The devices also are linked to a condition called metallosis, or metal poisoning resulting from metal shavings from the devices entering the bloodstream.