First Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits Settled by DePuy Orthopaedics

The first DePuy hip implant lawsuits with a scheduled jury trial have been settled by the medical device maker, for about $200,000 each, in confidential deals. The three cases were set to be tried together in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning on December 3, 2012. The plaintiffs in the defective hip replacement cases – Annelise Rundle, 74; Katherine Guy, 60; and Martha Bender, 69 – each suffered from side effects of an ASR hip implant that had to be removed and replaced. If you received an ASR hip implant and you have since experienced a serious side effect of the medical device, consult our qualified defective hip implant attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to explore your compensation options.


Although a DePuy spokesperson would not specify if the company intends to settle additional defective hip implant cases, a second state case is scheduled for trial in Maryland in January 2013. Other cases have been filed in state courts in Florida, California, Utah and Wisconsin. DePuy Orthopaedics is a division of Johnson & Johnson, a healthcare giant that is now facing more than 8,000 DePuy ASR side effect claims in state and federal courts. In August 2010, DePuy recalled 93,000 hip implant devices including the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The metal-on-metal hip implants reportedly rubbed against one another during normal use, causing the implant to fail within a few years instead of lasting the average 15. In addition, the rubbing caused metal shavings to be shed in patients’ bodies, resulting in a side effect called metallosis.


More than 6,000 defective hip implant lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics for problems associated with their ASR hip replacement system have been consolidated in federal court as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). As of January 2012, DePuy had paid about $800 million related to the ASR hip implant recall, and estimates put the total amount DePuy is expected to spend by the time all the ASR hip implant cases are resolved at $2 billion. If you have suffered injuries caused by the DePuy ASR hip implant, or if you have required revision surgery because of a hip implant complication, contact our experienced defective hip implant lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, which our knowledgeable attorneys can help you can pursue by filing a product liability lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics.