An attorney for Johnson & Johnson told U.S. District Judge David Katz during a West Palm Beach federal court hearing that both parties involved in the DePuy ASR hip replacement multidistrict litigation are “in agreement that we would like to have a bellwether trial.”
More than 4,200 federal lawsuits filed against DePuy were centralized in the multidistrict litigation. Bloomberg reports that another 2,000 lawsuits are pending in state courts, and that in 2010 DePuy recalled an estimated 93,000 ASR hip devices worldwide after studies showed that nearly 12 percent of the ASR systems failed within five years of implantation. Nearly 37,000 ASR devices were recalled from the US market.
According to DePuy spokesperson Mindy Tinsley, “DePuy is satisfied that the MDL process to address the issues raised by this litigation is moving forward…DePuy will defend itself against the allegations raised in the litigation and believes the evidence will show company acted appropriately and responsibly.”