A few days after the federal DePuy ASR hip multidistrict litigation (MDL) court ordered potential claimants to register for the DePuy settlement, the New Jersey court overseeing that state’s DePuy lawsuits issued a similar order. Although not officially designated a multicounty litigation by the New Jersey Supreme Court, all DePuy ASR hip lawsuits in that state have been assigned to Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Bergen County Superior Court for centralized management. The process is largely the same as MCL, but no bellwether trials have been conducted there.
Registration Deadline Set for January 6, 2014
Like the MDL order, potential claimants, even if they have not filed lawsuits against DePuy and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, must register for the settlement by January 6, 2014. The case management order advises ASR recipients that registration does not in any way signify their intent to enroll in the settlement or affect their eligibility to do so. Those decisions will be made later. Potential claimants must register with www.USASRHipsettlement.com, which has been specifically created for the settlement agreement, and no other Web site.
Registration requires completing and uploading a “Designation and Certification” document and a “Claimant List” document. ASR recipients who have already retained a hip replacement lawyer can complete the process with their legal counsel. Case Management Order No. 28 also requires plaintiffs’ law firms to inform their clients of the process and provide them with the registration documents included in the order.
Centralized Management Court Issues Two Related Orders
Judge Martinotti issued two separate orders related to the DePuy ASR hip settlement. Case Management Order No. 26 “endorses and adopts” the MDL’s November 18, 2013, order that creates the “Settlement Oversight Committee” authorized by the settlement agreement. Case Management Order No. 27 stays the centralized management’s proceedings until June 15, 2014. This means that there will be little if any developments in the New Jersey centralized management. However, the next case management conference will occur on January 29, 2014.
RLG Advocates for ASR Recipients
Because the deadline is only one month from now, it’s important to register with the settlement promptly. If you or a loved one received an ASR device and have not discussed the situation with a hip replacement lawyer, it’s urgent that you do so as soon as possible. No one is obligated to accept the settlement. The amount of compensation from a hip replacement lawsuit can include damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages. For a free, confidential legal consultation with a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group, call 1-800-624-9568 or click on this link.