May 29th, 2014|
Individuals who were injured by the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant device are one step closer to resolution. According to a Notice issued by Judge David A. Katz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on May 20, 2014, Johnson & Johnson has waived its “walk away” rights. (In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197) This means DePuy will begin processing claims for Plaintiffs sooner than the anticipated June 1, 2014 deadline.
Last November DePuy entered into a Settlement Agreement to resolve all claims in which the plaintiff had the DePuy ASR device removed prior to August 31, 2013. The agreement allowed DePuy to walk away from the settlement if fewer than 94% of eligible claimants agreed to the terms of the settlement. Per the settlement agreement is now fully vested.
The Attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys are pleased with this development as the Court noted eligible patients “can expect payment now that there is certainty the program is moving forward.” The hip litigation team of Annesley H. DeGaris, Douglas A. Dellaccio, Richard A. Wright and Karen Lawrence Puccio continue to represent DePuy ASR hip implant clients who did not qualify for the DePuy ASR settlement agreement.
Cory Watson Attorneys is still actively accepting and evaluating hip implant claims. Annesley H. DeGaris, a Partner at the firm, is currently serving on the Leadership Counsel Committee representing plaintiffs injured by the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2441).