Saturday, November 2, 2013

DePuy hip implant federal litigation postponed for possibly 90 days

Digital Journal

October 25, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Last month, the federal judge presiding over the DePuy Orthopaedics multi-district litigation decided to delay the first federal trial regarding the company's recalled ASR hip implants. Originally set to begin on September 9 - and then postponed the first time to September 24 - the order by U.S. District Court Judge David A. Katz postponed the trial for another possible 90 days on the grounds that scheduling expert witnesses has become an "extremely difficult task."
This particular case was to be the first federal trial among the nearly 8,000 similar federal actions filed against DePuy, which is a unit of Johnson & Johnson. Specifically, victims in these federal actions - actions that have been consolidated in one federal jurisdiction under Judge Katz - allege that their DePuy hip implants were defective and caused them severe injury.
In total, it is estimated that there are over 11,000 state and federal lawsuits pending in the U.S. involving these recalled hip implants. And, according to recent reports by Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson is currently considering a settlement that would exceed $3 billion, or roughly $300,000 per victim.

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