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DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

Lawyers ask FDA to investigate DePuy after alleged wrongdoing surfaces in ASR hip trials

Lawyers representing patients allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants have called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson that manufactured and sold and subsequently recalled tens of thousands of defective metal ASR hips. The lawyers say new evidence emerged in testimony given during the first two bellwether personal-injury trials indicating DePuy broke federal laws when it concealed information that could have spared thousands of patients from injuries allegedly brought about by its ASR metal hip implants. That evidence had been sealed by court order until ... Read More

Canadian report reinforces dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants

Hip-replacement patients fitted with all-metal large-diameter modular implants, such as DePuy’s ASR hip devices, are more than three times likely to need to need their devices replace prematurely, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health information (CIHI). While the Canadian report doesn’t shed new light on the risks many metal-on-metal hip devices pose, it echoes the findings of many previous studies and reports that have found certain types of all-metal hip implants are, by design, prone to fail early and injure the patient. The CIHI based its conclusions on voluntary data for 56,942 hip-replacement surgeries performed ... Read More

Lady Gaga reveals she was close to needing a full hip replacement

Lady Gaga was possibly one performance away from needing a full hip replacement after an injury forced her to postpone, then cancel, the remaining 22 gigs on her Born This Way Ball tour, the artist revealed in a recent interview. In February, Gaga’s tour company announced that she suffered from a “labral tear of the right hip,” which is essentially a tear of the cartilage that forms the outside socket of the hip joint. A labral tear is usually painful and immobilizing, but Gaga’s case turned out to be exceptionally severe, she told Women’s Wear Daily. “My injury was actually ... Read More

First New Jersey case alleging DePuy ASR hip injuries to start in October

The first of several hundred ASR-hip lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts against DePuy Orthopedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson has been scheduled to start October 21. The bellwether case, selected as a representative case to help the court and litigants understand how the rest of the litigation will proceed, will be heard before Judge Brian Marinotti in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Bergen County. More than 600 lawsuits against DePuy alleging injuries from its ASR metal hip implants are pending in New Jersey, where they have been consolidated for Multi-County Litigation (MCL). Johnson & Johnson ... Read More

Judge upholds $8.3-million verdict against DePuy in first ASR hip implant trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld an $8.3-million verdict in favor of plaintiff Loren “Bill” Kransky, the first plaintiff to have his case tried against DePuy Orthopedics over its faulty ASR hip implants. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson asked Judge J. Stephen Czuleger to overturn the jury’s March decision awarding Mr. Kransky, a retired South Dakota prison guard, $8.3 million for severe and extensive injuries that he alleged stemmed from a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Judge Czuleger said that sufficient evidence had been demonstrated that DePuy’s ASR hips were defectively designed. Mr. Kransky, 66, had ... Read More

Judge moves second DePuy hip bellwether trial to September

A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving all-metal ASR hip implants made by DePuy Orthopedics has moved the second bellwether trial from June to September. Judge David Katz, who is presiding over thousands of DePuy lawsuits consolidated in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, filed a trial order on April 22 pushing back the case brought by plaintiff Ann McCracken, a 57-year-old single mother and business owner. Proceedings for the first bellwether case were scheduled to start June 3. The U.S. judicial system uses bellwether trials to represent the larger body of litigation when the number ... Read More

DePuy seeks to overturn $8.26 million jury award in first ASR hip trial

Johnson & Johnson and its orthopedics unit DePuy seek to overturn a Los Angeles jury’s decision to award $8.26 million to a plaintiff for injuries he received from a metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implant. The companies claim that the jury’s findings were inconsistent with court instructions about defective product design and adequate warning of the device’s risk. The verdict DePuy and its parent company want to overturn concluded the first U.S. trial involving defective ASR hip implants. Plaintiff Loren Kransky sued DePuy and affiliated companies after the ASR device he had implanted in his left hip in 2007 failed and ... Read More

DePuy’s ASR hip implant caused plaintiff’s bone decay, surgeon tells jury

An orthopedic surgeon testifying on behalf of a woman who alleges she was injured by ASR metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics told jurors in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, that metal debris from the hip devices “absolutely” caused the plaintiff to suffer from bone decay. DePuy is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Surgeon Tony Nargol, who has warned about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants such as DePuy’s ASR devices, particularly to women, told jurors that plaintiff Carol Strum’s calcar bone had been “eaten away” near the ASR hip device she had implanted in in ... Read More

Hip implant failure 29 percent higher in women, new study finds

A new study of more than 35,100 patients who were surgically implanted with artificial hip devices reveals that women are much more likely than men to require revision surgery within the first three years to correct problems with the implant. The research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comes amid a torrent of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and its orthopedic device unit DePuy alleging the company’s ASR all-metal hip devices caused serious, sometimes catastrophic, injuries in patients. Of the 35,140 total hip anthroplasty (THA) patients studied, female subjects were ... Read More