DePuy ASR MDL Litigation Update

A DePuy ASR Multi-district litigation status conference was held on Monday, January 23, 2012 at the U.S. District courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. The conference was held before the Honorable David Katz, the judge overseeing the federal multidistrict litigation against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson regarding the recalled DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip replacement devices.

An overview of the current status of the litigation was presented at the conference.  There are approximately 3,300 cases pending in the MDL that have been filed by 900 separate law firms.  There are over 1,000 cases pending in the consolidated state court action in California with additional cases filed in a number of other states.

994 Plaintiff Fact Sheets have been submitted.  It is anticipated that several hundred additional Plaintiff Fact Sheets will be submitted in the coming months. 

To date, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson have produced approximately 18 million pages of documents that are being reviewed by the Plaintiff’s Discovery Committee.  Depositions of DePuy and Johnson & Johnson employees have been taken and additional depositions are being scheduled. 

The next status conference for the DePuy ASR MDL litigation is scheduled on March 15, 2012 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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