Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A second pushback order for the first ASR bellwether trial has been announced by Judge David Katz, according to court records, highlighting the postponement of hearings from June 3 to September 9, 2013. The first order was issued last April, moving the original trial date from May 6 to June 3 of this year, court depositions say. The judicial panel believed that these delays are caused by the pretrial motions that were filed by DePuy and its lawyers.
One of the recent motions that were filed by DePuy is the dismissal of the 2010 worldwide recallfor admission as evidence in court. DePuy insists that the recall is not relevant to the issue at stake in the lawsuit. A motion like this entails further thorough discussion, debriefing and oral arguments, causing delays in proceedings.
The changing of trial dates may only not bring about disappoint from the plaintiff side of the first bellwether case but also to those pending ASR lawsuits who are waiting for their turns. Some plaintiffs are old enough and advance in years that they may not be able to make it on their own trial schedules.
For more information, please visit First bellwether Trial Postponed Again in Ohio’s DePuy ASR Multidistrict Litigation
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Rottenstein Law Group represents clients in metal-on-metal hip lawsuits and maintains a website at http://www.depuyrecallnewscenter.com, which provides news and information on hip lawsuits and the DePuy hip implant recall.
(PRWEB) April 12, 2013
The jury in the nation’s second DePuy ASR trial is expected to deliberate next week in Chicago to determine if Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy must pay plaintiff Carol Strum damages for injuries she allegedly suffered from her DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant, according to court documents (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Litigation, No. 2011-L-009352, Cook County [Ill.] Circuit Court). The Rottenstein Law Group represents clients in metal-on-metal hip lawsuits and maintains a website at http://www.depuyrecallnewscenter.com, which provides news and information on hip lawsuits and the DePuy hip implant recall.
Strum, a 54-year-old nurse from Illinois, alleges that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the risks associated with the device’s defective design, according to Bloomberg.* Strum’s husband testified that his wife’s 2009 DePuy ASR implantation and 2011 revision surgery have left her unable to participate in the activities she once enjoyed, according to court documents.
Read full story at PRWeb.com: DePuy ASR Recall Lawsuit Update: Rottenstein Law Group Anticipates Verdict in 2nd DePuy Hip Trial
Monday, March 18, 2013
A new DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement trial was scheduled to begin this week in Illinois state court in Chicago, according to court records. Carol Strum, a 54-year-old nurse from Illinois, alleges that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the risks associated with the device’s defective design.
Chicago (PRWEB) March 11, 2013
A new DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement trial was scheduled to begin this week in Illinois state court in Chicago, according to court records. Carol Strum, a 54-year-old nurse from Illinois, alleges that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the risks associated with the device’s defective design.* The Rottenstein Law Group, a hip implant law firm, will monitor news and provide analysis over the course of the trial. News and updates are found on the firm’s website, depuyrecallnewscenter.com.
This is the second ASR lawsuit to go to trial at a state level (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Litigation, No. 10-L-10506, Cook County Circuit Court). The first trial just concluded last week, resulting in an $8.3 million verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Depuy Orthopaedics. The first trials in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL-2197, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio) are set to begin later this year, according to the New York Times.**
Read full story at PRWeb.com: DePuy Hip Recall News: Second ASR Trial Begins, Rottenstein Law Group Reports
Thursday, February 28, 2013
DePuy Recall News: J&J Expert Alleges Plaintiff’s Pre-existing Conditions—Not the ASR Hip Implant—Caused Metal Poisoning
Los Angeles, Calif (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
As the nation’s first DePuy ASR trial—of potentially thousands—nears its end, an expert for Johnson & Johnson, the company whose subsidiary made the now-recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system, testified that it was the plaintiff’s various health problems and not his since-removed ASR hip implant that caused him metal poisoning and infection.* The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients in lawsuits related to the recall, is closely following the trial and maintains a website on cases at http://www.depuyrecallnewscenter.com.
Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, a doctor of infectious diseases, testified on Feb. 26 during the trial of In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al. (BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court) that Loren Kransky, 65, of South Dakota, acquired an infection through a port used to administer chemotherapy drugs for his kidney cancer, and not from the hip implant, which he received in December 2007 and had removed in February 2012, according to Bloomberg. In addition, DePuy’s counsel alleged that Kransky’s health problems, which include diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, strokes and the cancer, combined with the angle at which a surgeon implanted the ASR, is what caused infection and metal poisoning.
Read full story at PRWeb.com: DePuy Recall News: J&J Expert Alleges Plaintiff’s Pre-existing Conditions—Not the ASR Hip Implant—Caused Metal Poisoning
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Johnson & Johnson, which is facing more than 10,000 lawsuits over its recall ASR hip systems manufactured by its DePuy Orthopedic Unit, is bargaining for a possible settlement with patients over more than $2 billion in payoff, legal experts say. The bumper-to-bumper lawsuits began after patients announced that they were suffering from the defective implants and seeking compensatory damages. A DePuy director gave an internal report indicating nearly 40 percent ASR failure rate.
Considered the world’s biggest seller of health-care products, Johnson & Johnson is willing to pay more than $200,000 per case -- in deals that may reach more than $2 billion if most plaintiffs accept the terms. However, lawyers for hip recipients have been declining the offer as being too low.
In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 all-metal hips worldwide, including 37,000 in the United States, saying more than 12 percent failed within five years. Patients who sued contend that they suffer pain and are immobilized by joint dislocations, infections and bone fractures. They alleged metal debris from the hips causes tissue death around the joints.
The settlement talks probably might not end until after the first trials of the lawsuits begin, starting next week, with more set for next month and May.
According to John M. Fitzpatrick, a defense lawyer in Denver, Johnson and Johnson can not afford to defend these lawsuits case by case and it needs to shut down. The only way they can do that is through a global settlement. Plaintiff’s lawyers know that. That’s why everybody has to push to see what they can get.
The company is currently facing 10,100 lawsuits over the hips through September, according to the November filing. Most pretrial collection of evidence has been consolidated in federal courts in Toledo, Ohio, where 7,240 cases are pending, and California State Court in San Francisco, where more than 2,000 cases are filled.
Three of these cases set go on trial in the next few months may offer lawyers guidance on potential liability and damages. First case that went on trial was Loren Kransky's, a retired prison guard which has undergone a ASR XL hip implant in 2007.
Kransky accused DePuy Orthopeadics for endangering his life with the implant which may possibly poisoned him due to the presence of metallosis. Toxic metal is produced when debris from the metal ball sliding against the metal cup caused metal ions to enter Kranky’s bloodstream. One of his doctors said the poison might kill him if no replacement surgery is performed in due time.
Johnson & Johnson is considered among the world’s biggest seller of health-care products which has caused DePuy ASR problems which is being recalled in 2010.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit Update: Both Sides Will Call Dozens of Witnesses in Los Angeles DePuy ASR Trial, Rottenstein Law Group Reports
Rottenstein Law Group previews the forthcoming DePuy ASR trial in Los Angeles, focusing on the witness lists of plaintiffs Sheryl and Loren Kransky and defendant DePuy Orthopaedics.
(PRWEB) January 17, 2013
The Rottenstein Law Group, a DePuy ASR hip law firm, is closely monitoring developments in the run-up to the nation’s first trial of a DePuy ASR lawsuit, set to begin on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Both the defendant, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy, and the plaintiffs, Loren and Sheryl Kransky, plan to call dozens of witnesses, according to court documents for the case (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al., BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court). Witnesses include several current and former DePuy employees, doctors, other experts and family members, besides the plaintiffs themselves.
“Because this is the first of possibly many DePuy ASR hip replacement trials, it is likely to be a good indicator of the type of defenses DePuy might assert in future trials,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rottenstein Law Group Reviews Court Records on Eve of Nation’s First DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Trial
The Rottenstein Law Group previews the first DePuy ASR hip replacement trial, which is set to begin on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Loren and Sheryl Kransky of North Dakota allege serious side effects from the ASR, but DePuy denies their claims.
(PRWEB) January 16, 2013
On the eve of the first DePuy ASR hip replacement trial on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, Calif., the DePuy ASR recall attorneys at Rottenstein Law Group are reviewing court records that show how DePuy plans to defend itself against claims from Loren Kransky of North Dakota, who seeks monetary damages for side effects such as metal poisoning that he allegedly suffered as a result of the device.
Court records for the case (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court) show that DePuy will argue that Kransky, 64, has a history of ailments not related to the DePuy ASR hip replacement that doctors installed in him in 2007. DePuy’s attorneys will highlight Kransky’s pre-existing conditions, in addition to arguing that he did not pursue the 2011 removal of his ASR and subsequent DePuy lawsuit until after he and his wife and co-plaintiff Sheryl Kransky read about the 2010 DePuy ASR recall online, “research that led them to unsubstantiated but sensational and alarming accounts of the dangers” of DePuy ASR hip replacement implants, according to the records.
Read full story at PRWeb.com: Rottenstein Law Group Reviews Court Records on Eve of Nation’s First DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Trial