Thousands of DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits are Currently Pending in a Federal Litigation in Ohio, with Bellwether Trials Set to Begin this Spring
Wright & Schulte LLC, a nationwide law firm and Ohio personal injury law firm, continues to investigate DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits on behalf of people affected by the August 2010 DePuy ASR hip replacement recall. Thousands of DePuy hip replacement lawsuits are currently pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio before the Honorable Judge David A. Katz (MDL No. 2197). According to court documents, the litigation’s first bellwether trials are scheduled to start this spring.
Wright & Schulte LLC is actively filing DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits in the federal litigation, and continues to offer free legal evaluations to victims of this device. If you or someone you love suffered serious, life-altering complication as a result of a DePuy ASR hip replacement, please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call toll-FREE 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuit Timeline:
July 2012: The FDA’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel meets on July 27th and 28th to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants like the DePuy ASR hip replacement. The panel concludes that there are few reasons to continue using the devices because of the risk that wear can expose patients to dangerous levels of metal ions.
July 2012: In an Order dated July 26, 2012, Judge David Katz, who is overseeing the DePuy ASR hip replacement litigation in the Northern District Ohio, schedules the litigation’s first bellwether trials for May 6, 2013, and July, 8, 2013.
May 2011: The FDA orders 21 metal-on-metal hip manufacturers, including DePuy Orthopaedics, to conduct postmarket surveillance studies of the devices as part of its safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants.
December 2010: In an Order dated December 7, 2010, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation orders that all federally-filed DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits be consolidated in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio as In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197.
<strong)August 2010:DePuy recalls the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System, after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales found that the devices failed in 12 to 13 percent of patients in the first five years.
March 2010: DePuy Orthopedics warns that the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System has a high rate of early failures. According to The New York Times, in a letter to doctors the company stated that data from Australia indicated the risk was highest for patients of small stature, women, and patients with weak bones.
2009: DePuy announces that that it plans to phase out sales of the DePuy ASR hip replacement worldwide by the end of 2010. According to The New York Times, company executives had maintained that the phase-out was related to commercial concerns, not safety issues.
2008: The DePuy ASR hip implant is voluntarily recalled from the market in Australia.
2007: The Australian National Joint Registry reports that the DePuy ASR hip implant system has a high revision rate – 5.16% at 2 years.
2007: During a presentation at a conference in Dallas, DePuy Orthopaedic’s engineers report on two year follow-up data that showed 30% of women and 7.5% of men fitted with a DePuy ASR hip replacement had markedly raised metal ion concentrations in their blood. They conclude that surgical technique is to blame.
2005: DePuy Orthopaedics introduces the ASR Hip Replacement System. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants, it was approved via the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) clearance process, which does not require human testing.
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