Discovery Updates In DePuy ASR Litigation Since Last Status Conference
The last status conference in the DePuy ASR MDL was held on July 26, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Although the DePuy ASR MDL is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the July status conference was held in California state court before the Honorable Richard A. Kramer, who is overseeing the consolidated California state court DePuy ASR litigation. The purpose of holding a joint status conference was to promote federal and state coordination of the DePuy ASR litigation. Since that time, a series of orders have been issued and depositions have been noticed in the federal DePuy hip replacement lawsuits. Most notably, Judge Katz issued several Case Management Orders, requiring plaintiffs’ counsel to submit a Plaintiff Fact Sheet and Medical Records Authorization on behalf of their clients who have undergone revision surgery or are scheduled to undergo revision surgery. In a mass tort case, such as the DePuy ASR MDL, Plaintiff Fact Sheets are discovery tools used by defendants to obtain basic information about the plaintiff as well as specific information about the nature of plaintiff’s injuries. Plaintiffs must also produce documents that support their claims against defendants.