Attorneys Ask J&J to Resolve DePuy ASR Recall Claims Filed in Australian Class Action Lawsuit
Some 8,000 individuals in the U.S. who were allegedly forced to undergo metal hip removal surgery following 2010’s DePuy ASR recall may soon receive compensation for their injuries through a recent settlement from Johnson & Johnson, but a number of claimants in Australia are still waiting for the manufacturer to resolve their claims, according to the Courier-Mail.
According to an article from November 24th, a class action law firm in Australia has asked Johnson & Johnson to settle a case brought by multiple plaintiffs who allegedly experienced complications associated with the DePuy ASR recall. A lawyer involved in the class action suit said a court supervised settlement agreement may make the most sense to resolve claims in Australia, given that the manufacturer has had knowledge of the ASR metal-on-metal hip’s excessively high failure rates since 2010 or earlier. “The company has known for a long time that these defective products have caused serious injuries,” said the management principal. “It should put an end to the suffering of injured Australians and engage in meaningful negotiations with us.”
Some plaintiffs involved in the case have said they would prefer to see it go to trial rather than having their claims settled. “I haven’t felt this band and unhealthy in my entire life,” said one man who allegedly received three hip replacement surgeries following an initial procedure in 2007. “I’ve got to the stage now where I don’t sleep, I’m in constant pain. It’s frightened the hell out of me.
Among other allegations, this class action DePuy ASR lawsuit includes claims that Johnson & Johnson breached the Commonwealth Trade Practices Act in its sales of the defective hip. This class action DePuy ASR lawsuit has been scheduled for trial on June 2, 2014 in Sydney Federal Court, according to the Courier-Mail.
Proposed DePuy ASR Recall Settlement May Resolve 8,000 Claims
In the U.S., the details of a settlement involving a recalled metal-on-metal hip were announced by Johnson & Johnson on November 19th in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. As part of the agreement, Johnson & Johnson may pay up to $2.5 million to resolve the claims of approximately 8,000 DePuy ASR recall recipients. Plaintiffs eligible to receive compensation through the settlement must have undergone hip removal surgery prior to August 31, 2013.
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