In an order issued April 19, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge David Katz pushed back the start date for the first federal DePuy ASR bellwether trial to June 3, 2013. The trial was originally scheduled to begin May 6, 2013, in federal district court in Ohio. Two state court DePuy ASR trials have already concluded, but plaintiff Faye Dorney-Madgitz’s lawsuit is still set to be the first federal bellwether case tried in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Multi-District Litigation (MDL) (1:10-md-02197) despite the scheduling change.
Second Bellwether Trial Still on for July 8
Back in December 2012 when Judge Katz first scheduled Ms. Madgitz’s trial for May, he also set a date for a second bellwether trial in the case of plaintiff Ann McCracken (Case No.: 1:11dp20485). Ms. McCracken’s trial date has not been changed thus far and is still on track to begin July 8, 2013, as originally planned.
Of the more than 10,000 DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits pending in the U.S., only two have been decided by jury thus far. The first resulted in an $8.35 million verdict for a retired prison guard poisoned by the implant. The second resulted in a win for Johnson & Johnson that left many onlookers puzzled in light of the first trial’s huge award. Nonetheless, the New York Times and other news sources continue forecasting that the DePuy ASR lawsuits will ultimately cost Johnson & Johnson billions of dollars.
Contact RLG Now for a Free DePuy Lawsuit Evaluation
Thousands of DePuy ASR victims are anxiously awaiting their day in court, but thousands more who have not yet brought claims against DePuy could still be eligible sue. The Rottenstein Law Group has been monitoring all DePuy ASR litigation developments closely in order to provide current and prospective clients with important updates as they unfold. If you received a DePuy hip implant, you should speak to an RLG attorney to discuss your eligibility to file a lawsuit. You could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and even pain and suffering. Even if your implant device has not yet failed or caused you any complications, you should act now to preserve your rights. At RLG, we have over 25 years of collective experience fighting large corporations and helping injured clients obtain the compensation they deserve. We invite you to discuss the details of your situation with one of our experienced litigators any time. Our consultations are 100 percent free. Just fill out this form or call 1-800-624-9568.