Johnson & Johnson, parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle three cases that were set to be heard in a Nevada court later this year over the ASR hip implants.
Eric Gordon, University of Michigan business professor told Bloomberg in a phone interview that J&J negotiated the settlements “at the low end of what the company should have expected. J&J should have expected to pay in the $200,000-to-$500,000 range per case.”
In 2010, DePuy recalled some 93,000 ASR hips worldwide, with 37,000 in the United States. The company currently faces nearly 8,000 lawsuits alleging the devices were defective, and cause pain and limited mobility, as well as joint dislocation, bone fracture and infection.
Three cases were consolidated and set to go to trial on December 3, court documents said. The cases involved plaintiffs Martha Bender, 69, Annelise Rundle, 74, and Katherine Guy, 60, who were each implanted with the ASR hip devices by the same surgeon. Each of the plaintiffs was later forced to have the devices removed because of side effects.
The next state trial is set for January 2013 and involves three Maryland cases. The first federal cases are expected to be heard in spring of next year.