As DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits began heading for trial in 2013, speculation began to grow regarding a possible DePuy ASR settlement that could cover the majority of cases. Following the conclusion of the first DePuy ASR recall trial, which ended in an $8.3 million verdict for the plaintiff, expectations mounted that Johnson & Johnson might seek a global settlement of all claims. While a massive DePuy ASR settlement appears to be a long way off, some recent developments indicate the litigation could eventually move in that direction.

DePuy ASR Settlement News

In August 2012, Bloomberg.com reported that Johnson & Johnson had reached a DePuy ASR settlement in three consolidated lawsuits pending in Nevada state court.  According to the report, the total settlement amounted to roughly $600,000, or $200,000 per plaintiff. All three plaintiffs had received DePuy ASR hips in procedures performed by the same surgeon, and all underwent revision surgeries after experiencing pain and other problems with the devices. One plaintiff was alleged to have suffered health problems associated with metal debris shed from her ASR. In another case, doctors discovered evidence of bone damage from the device.  At least one legal expert interviewed by Bloomberg.com asserted that the DePuy ASR settlements in the Nevada cases were “at the low end of what the company should have expected” to pay.

In January 2013, Bloomberg.com reported that Johnson & Johnson had sought a global DePuy ASR settlement that could reach $2 billion, at an average of $200,000 per case. However, attorneys representing plaintiffs in DePuy ASR recall lawsuits reportedly rejected the offer as too low. According to the report, it was unlikely that settlement talks would end before the first trials involving ASR claims began.

First Verdict in DePuy ASR Recall Trial Ignites More Settlement Speculation

On March 8, 2013, the nation’s first trial of a DePuy ASR hip lawsuit ended with an $8.3 million compensatory damage award to the plaintiff, after a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit liable for designing a defective hip. Following the verdict, one legal expert interviewed by Bloomberg.com speculated that the verdict could set a “starting price” for other plaintiffs in DePuy ASR settlement discussions.

Have Questions about a DePuy ASR Settlement? Contact an Attorney Today

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals affected by the DePuy ASR hip recall, and is closely monitoring all DePuy ASR settlement news. To learn more about the ongoing litigation, and for a free evaluation of your case, please contact our attorneys today by calling 1-877-779-1414.

Published November 17, 2011 by