Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hips: Bellwether DePuy trials for recalled ASR hip implants to begin next year

August 8, 2012 by MassDevice staff

An initial set of bellwether lawsuits over Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' recalled ASR metal hip implants is set to begin next year.
hip implant x-ray
The 1st patient injury lawsuits following the high-profile recall of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics' metal-on-metal hip implants are set to begin next year.

U.S. District Judge David Katz ordered both plaintiffs and defendants in the multi-district litigation against DePuy to each select "select 4 ASR revision cases as bellwether trial candidates" to move forward with in 2013, according to the court order.

Each side has until August 8 to select which cases it wants to pursue, and neither party may pick lawsuits brought by patients that had both hips repaired with the ASR implants.

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