Depuy Lawsuit Timeline Through January 2014
DePuy released hip implant devices that were allegedly insufficiently tested, resulting in serious complications such as bone deterioration, metal poisoning and an increased risk of revision surgeries and procedures. The recalled hip implants manufactured by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, did not become defective overnight, and there is currently evidence that suggests the manufacturer knew of the potential dangers and risks of the products for years. As hip implant complications became more publicized, thousands of DePuy hip implant patients sought legal counsel to file a DePuy lawsuit for their injuries, and seek compensation for damages they have endured.
The American Injury Attorney Group is providing a DePuy lawsuit timeline for those seeking information about Depuy hip implants or the subsequent Depuy lawsuits. Patients who have sustained injuries while fitted with DePuy hip implants and those who feel as though they may be entitled to file a DePuy lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries should contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. Despite current settlements, deadlines or lawsuit decisions, you should still seek legal counsel in order to understand your individual legal rights.
DePuy Lawsuit Timeline
2005: Johnson & Johnson and DePuy introduce the ASR hip implant in the U.S. after the device receives approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by way of the agency’s 510(k) process. The clearance meant that the DePuy ASR hip implant was given approval without needing to be clinically tested as it was similar in design and function as other products currently on the market.
2008: The FDA receives 400 reports from patients fitted with the DePuy ASR hip implants. Records indicate that 13 percent of ASR patients require a second revision procedure to remove and replace the device – a higher failure rate than what is to be expected in the industry.
July 2008: FDA approves the ASR XL Modular Acetabular System.
2009: DePuy voluntarily withdraws its ASR hip implants from the Australian market.
2010: Johnson & Johnson and DePuy announce that it will phase out ASR hip replacement system sales by the end of the year. The manufacturers send letters to physicians to warn the medical community of the data from the Australian Medical Device Registry, which illustrate a higher-than-expected failure rate of the devices, particularly in those with weak bones or patients of smaller stature. The companies continue to sell the defective products after receiving warnings from surgeons of the potential complications.
March 2010: The New York Times reports that DePuy has issued a warning to physicians informing them of the high failure rate of its ASR hip implants. The manufacturer reportedly acknowledges that the system is prone to failure within a few years following surgery; the devices had been expected to last 15 years or more.
May 2010: Doctors begin to warn of the dangers of metal debris shedding into the patients’ bloodstreams, causing severe swelling, non-cancerous tumors and sinew damage.
June 2010: A Florida woman files the first DePuy lawsuit, alleging harm caused by the ASR hip implants.
July 2010: The FDA releases a public notification to inform of a voluntary recall of the ASR device.
August 2010: Johnson & Johnson and DePuy issue a worldwide recall of both the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System as a result of a demonstrated failure rate of over 12 percent.
May 2011: The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) establishes a consolidation for the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant.
August 2012: Johnson & Johnson agrees to settle three lawsuits for a total of $600,000.
January 2013: Over 3,000 hip replacement lawsuits are pending in the DePuy Pinnacle multidistrict litigation, centralized in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. The first DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit trial begins in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles.
February 6, 2013: According to news and court reports, toxicologist claims that DePuy hip implants fail due to toxic exposure.
February 28, 2013: Jurors hear closing arguments in first ASR lawsuit.
March 2013: California jury awards a plaintiff with more than $8 million for her Depuy lawsuit.
March 2013: First DePuy lawsuit verdict gives hope to 4,500 Australians involved in a class action lawsuit.
April 16, 2013: Jury sides with Johnson & Johnson in Chicago ASR trial.
April 22, 2013: Judge David A. Katz postpones the start of the second federal bellwether trial originally scheduled to begin July 8.
May 6, 2013: First bellwether trial scheduled to begin. Judge David A. Katz postpones the start of the first federal bellwether trial to June 3.
June 2013: First DePuy ASR bellwether trial results in an $8.3 million settlement for the plaintiff.
July 2013: According to reports and press releases, Johnson & Johnson begins to phase out production of all metal-on-metal hip implant devices.
July 13, 2013: Seven plaintiffs in the DePuy ASR litigation in California will be allowed to amend their complaints to add more claims for alleged damages and injuries.
September 6, 2013: First DePuy lawsuit trial postponed until September 24.
September 24, 2013: First trial postponed for the fourth time.
October 2013: Judge extends discovery for all DePuy ASR cases until June 30, 2014.
October 2013: DePuy settles the first trial in California’s MDL ASR proceedings for an undisclosed sum.
October 8, 2013: DePuy settles a lawsuit filed by a plaintiff for an undisclosed sum in Superior Court in Bergen County, New Jersey.
October 25, 2013: The United Kingdom announces it will be banning U.K. hospitals from implanting metal-on-metal hip implants in patients.
November 19, 2013: $2.5 billion DePuy ASR settlement announced to resolve 8,000 claims. Court documents indicate the deadline to register is January 6, 2014.
November 21, 2013: Case management conference takes place to provide an overview of the settlement agreement. Those interested may be eligible if they required a revision procedure prior to August 31, 2013.
December 11, 2013: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India issues a nationwide DePuy ASR alert to citizens regarding the adverse effects associated with the hip implant and urges all ASR recipients to schedule evaluations with their healthcare providers as soon as possible.
January 2014: The number of plaintiffs in the MDL in the Northern District of Ohio grows to 8,569. Attorneys expect that more plaintiffs will continue to come forward as DePuy settles additional lawsuit claims.
January 6, 2014: Final day for DePuy lawsuit claim registration. Plaintiffs now have until April 1, 2014 to decide to enroll in the settlement program.
Want to File a Lawsuit? The American Injury Attorney Group Can Help
Despite the publicized deadline for Depuy lawsuits, those injured by a Depuy hip replacement are still seeking legal counsel to discuss their legal options in their specific situation. If you or a loved one were fitted with a DePuy ASR device and you suffered from adverse and life-threatening complications, the American Injury Attorney Group can provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation to help you to determine if you have a valid DePuy lawsuit. We will connect you with an affiliated attorney who will handle your DePuy lawsuit throughout the legal process and work to help you recover the compensation to which you may be entitled such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact us today to take the first step in filing your lawsuit and starting your road to financial recovery.