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DePuy Settlement 8.3 Million, DePuy Lawyers Filing Immediate Lawsuits

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Damages of 8.3 million have been  awarded in a J&J’s DePuy hip implant case. DePuy Helpline, DePuy Hip Repalcement lawyers are filing immediate lawsuits.

By GREG RISLING, Associated Press

Updated 1:56 am, Sunday, March 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

Jurors found that the ASR XL implant was defectively designed and caused metal poisoning and other health problems suffered by Loren Kransky after he underwent surgery in 2007.

However, the panel rejected the 65-year-old’s claim that DePuy failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the implant, and it didn’t find the company acted with malice, prohibiting Kransky from collecting any punitive damages.

The fraud and negligence suit is the first of nearly 11,000 similar cases involving an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago to reach trial in the United States. Others like Kransky claim the implants have left them with crippling injuries or in need of other replacement surgeries.

Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

Plaintiff’s attorney Doug Saeltzer said the verdict bodes well for the other cases.

“The message is that these cases are valid, that the injuries are real and severe, and Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have to pay significant money for their mistakes,” Saeltzer said.

Loire Gawreluk, a DePuy spokeswoman, said the Warsaw, Ind., company plans to appeal the verdict.

“We believe ASR XL was properly designed, and that DePuy’s actions concerning the product were appropriate and responsible,” she said.

During the trial, Kransky’s lawyers told jurors that black pieces of metal flaked off the implant and caused a type of poisoning that could have killed him if the material had not been removed.

 

Brian Panish, one of Kransky’s attorneys, said during closing arguments that the company “knew this hip was defective long before Mr. Kransky got it,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“They wanted to play Russian roulette with patients. This defendant didn’t care about patient safety,” Panish said.

Defense attorneys denied Kransky’s claims and argued he had a host of pre-existing health ailments and the hip implant didn’t make him worse.

The hip joint was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people worldwide. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson stopped making the product in 2009 and recalled it the next year.

The artificial part is meant to replace deteriorated joints causing severe pain and limiting mobility, and is generally expected to last 10 to 20 years. With the DePuy hip implant, one in eight patients needed theirs replaced within five years.

Attorneys representing the patients claim J&J knew about the problems in 2008. The company has denied those allegations.

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest provider of health care products, has issued more than 30 product recalls since 2009. Most have involved nonprescription medicines such as adult and children’s Tylenol and Motrin, but other recalls were for prescription drugs for conditions such as epilepsy or for contact lenses.

Johnson & Johnson shares rose 44 cents to $78.19 Friday.  No harm done to J & J apparently. Our DePuy lawyers are accepting cases for immediate filing in some states. Call to find out if your state has passed the statute of limitations.

 

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Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuits Continue To Proceed

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement Blog, Stryker Hip Replacement, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyer

Stryker hip recall lawsuits are moving forward in a consolidated litigation established in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County .   Judge Brian R. Martinotti has scheduled the litigation’s initial conference for February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296 (N.J. Super. Ct., Bergen Cty.)

Both the Stryker Rejuvinate Stem and ABGII Modular Hip Stem were recalled and the hip replacement helpline Stryker division has had numerous calls from people suffering from a failed Stryker metal component hip replacement.

On January 17, 2013, the FDA issued a safety communication regarding metal-on-metal hip implants. The press release is an update to the agency’s evaluation of the potential complications of these devices. The update notes that all-metal implants carry risks that are unique because of the friction of their components.

Stryker has claimed the new hip replacement would:

  • Rejuvenate hips were first made available by Stryker in February 2009
  • increased stability,
  • better mobility,
  • superior fit over other hip replacement implants on the market.

Apparently this is not the case as it was necessary to recall the implants and lawsuits are flooding in. Get an experienced Stryker lawsuit Lawyer at the Stryker Hip Replacement Help division of Hip Replacement Helpline

Thousands of people have been filing Stryker Hip Replacemant lawsuits like Laray Johnson, a resident of Alabama. He received a Stryker Rejuvenate implant in his right hip on March 22, 2011. He then received a Rejuvenate implant in his left hip on June 24, 2011. This was a year prior to the voluntary Stryker hip recall. Mr Johnson began to experience substantial pain and discomfort around the area of the implants.

Thousands are filing lawsuits and we hear from many every day with telling us about  device deterioration and corrosion,  serious problems, bone fractures, metallosis, tissue damage, and severe pain.

Call us for a Stryker lawyer today.

Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit Update, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement Blog, Stryker Hip Replacement, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyer

Stryker has recently recalled it’s Rejuvinate Hip replacement and ABG II Hip Stems due to the number of failed components causing complications. In June 2012, Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. “While modular-neck hip stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, we decided to voluntarily recall these modular-neck hip systems due to the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction which may result in ALTR (adverse local tissue reactions), as well as possible pain and/or swelling at or around the hip.” Since that date we have had  100’s of calls from people with a failed hip replacement.

The DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline announces The Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline. The mission of the new Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline is to locate all people with a failed Stryker who have required revision surgery or have been told they need revision surgery and help them file a Stryker Hip Replacement lawsuit.

New Jersey Stryker Lawsuit Update

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that all cases in the state should and will be consolidated into a “multicounty litigation” in Bergen County Superior Court before Judge Brian R. Martinotti.

Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline  lawyers are filing lawsuits for injury from the newly recalled Stryker Rejuvinate Hip Replacement and ABG II Modular Stems.

A number of  patients with failed metal component  hip replacements have chosen  to file a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit after experiencing serious complications linked to the devices, and a consolidation of a number of lawsuits has taken place.

If you have been injured by a Stryker Rejuvinate Hip replacement recall  or the ABG II Modular Stems  we want to hear from you and  connect you to a  lawyer to review your medical records to see if you have a claim against Stryker for your failed hip replacement.

 

Biomet Hip Replacement MDL Update, Biomet Hip Replacement Lawyers

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DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers are  accepting faulty Biomet hip replacement clients for litigation. If you or a loved one has a faulty Biomet hip replacemant conta the Biomet Hip Replacement Helpline for  a free case evaluation.

 Biomet Magnum Hip Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Roles in MDL

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:17 AM PST

More than two dozen lawyers have been appointed to serve in various leadership positions in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) established for all Biomet M2A Magnum hip lawsuits filed in the federal court system.

These attorneys will take various actions throughout the litigation that will benefit all plaintiffs who filed a product liability lawsuit after experiencing problems with the Biomet metal-on-metal hip replacement system.

On October 2, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered that all product liability lawsuits filed against Biomet in federal courts throughout the country that involve the M2A Magnum metal hip implant will be centralized for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. in the Northern District of Indiana.

Centralizing the litigation is designed to reduce duplicative discovery in dozens of cases, avoiding conflicting pretrial rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and Courts.

In an order (PDF) issued on December 5, Judge Miller established the organizational structure of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Biomet MDL, appointing 22 different attorneys to serve in various roles throughout the consolidated proceedings.

The Biomet Magnum hip lawyers selected for the PSC will conduct pretrial discovery that applies to multiple cases, examine witnesses and introduce evidence on behalf of all plaintiffs at hearings and perform other tasks during pretrial proceedings that may apply to all cases in the MDL.

Judge Miller appointed Thomas R. Anapol and W. Mark Lanier to serve as Co-Lead Counsel, with Robert T. Dassow and Frederick R. Hovde appointed to serve as Liason Counsel. In addition, another six lawyers were designated to serve on the Executive Committee of the PSC.

Biotmet is another to the long list of faulty hip replacements which includes Stryker Rejuvinate, DePuy hip replacement.and Zimmer.Stryker hip replacement and ABG II modular-neck hip stems; DePuy, Inc., Smith and Nephew, plc. Biomet Inc., and Zimmer Holdings, Inc

 

 

Toning Shoes Causing Hip Fractures, Skechers Sneakers Lawyers Filing Lawsuits

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Toning shoes cause Hip fractures and Hip replacements are no laughing matter. With sneakers causing hip fractures and hip replacements being recalled what are we to do? Lawsuits galore for malfunctioning devices that wreck havoc on seniors. Beware and call for an injury lawyer now.

By ELISABETH LEAMY (@elisabethleamy)
Feb. 16, 2011

A new lawsuit alleges that Skecher's Shape-up shoes can cause serious injuries.

An Ohio woman is suing the company after developing stress fractures in both hips — which she blames on the shoes.

Skecher's Shape-ups have a distinctive round sole. They are marketed as toning shoes, the fastest-growing segment of the athletic shoe market.

Toning shoes are meant to help you get in shape as you walk or work. But at least one person says rather than helping them, the shoes hurt them.

Holly Ward, 38, says her routine involves physical therapy and she now has pins in her hips because of injuries she says were caused by wearing Sketcher's Shape-ups.

"The extended use of these shoes has injured me catastrophically," Ward told "Good Morning America."

Shape-ups are advertised as helping you get in shape and helping reduce pain. Kim Kardashian and former NFL quarterback Joe Montana have appeared in commercials for Shape-ups.

Ward says she wore the shoes during her work as a waitress and while on walks and developed severe pain after five months. According to her lawsuit, she had fractures in both hips near where they meet the thigh bones even though she has the healthy bone density of a young woman.
 

"The femoral bone is the strongest bone in the human body and I fractured not one but two of them without being in a car crash or any traumatic incident," she said.

Skechers and its critics do agree on one thing: Shape-ups shoes change the way you walk.

A Skechers training video advises wearers to "step forward with the middle section of your heel hitting the ground first. Roll forward onto the ball of your foot and push off with your toes."

Company Says Millions Wear Shape-Ups Without Problems

The company calls its shoes revolutionary. Ward's lawyer calls them dangerous.

"We do not know of any testing or safety studies that Skechers did to determine safety," said Ronald Johnson, Ward's attorney. "If they're going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that's not going to harm their customers."

Ward says the potential gain is not worth the potential risk.

ABC spoke to half a dozen orthopedists and most were skeptical that shoes alone could cause stress fractures.

Skechers told ABC that "since this lawsuit is brand new, we have not had an opportunity to review Ms. Ward's allegations … millions of people wear Shape-ups without experiencing what Ms. Ward alleges."

Sketcher sneaker lawyers are accepting sketcher sneaker injury claims for:

Foot Injuries including:
Stress Fractures, Fallen Arches, Hammer Toe, Turf Toe, Inflammation of the Forefoot, Plantar Fasciitis, and Joint Displacement.

Leg Injuries including
Strains and Sprains, Fractures, Dislocation, Joint Injuries, Shin Splints, Tendonitis, and Nerve Damage.

Head Injuries including:
Coma, Concussion, Hematomas, Brain Damage, Hemorrhage, Skull Fracture, Contusions and Blood Clots.

    Broken Hip,
    Broken Ankle,
    Broken Leg,
    Knee Injury,
    Trimalleolar Ankle Fracture,
    Muscle Strains,
    Torn Ligaments,
    Dislocated Hip,
    Ruptured Achilles Tendon,
 

 

J & J Payoff for DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits, DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers

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Hip replacement helpline lawyers are filing lawsuits for people with failed hip replacements. The first group of payoffs has commenced.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which faces about 8,000 lawsuits over hip implants it recalled in 2010, agreed to pay about $600,000 to resolve three cases in the first settlements of the litigation, people familiar with the accords said.

Officials of J&J’s DePuy unit agreed earlier this month to settle Nevada residents’ suits over the company’s ASR hip implants, two people familiar with the agreement said. The company will pay about $200,000 a case to resolve the suits before they were scheduled to go to trial later this year, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the accords.

J&J officials were able to negotiate settlements “at the low end of what the company should have expected” to pay, Eric Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan who follows the pharmaceutical industry, said in a telephone interview yesterday. “J&J should have expected to pay in the $200,000-to-$500,000 range per case.”

J&J’s DePuy unit recalled its 93,000 ASR hips worldwide in 2010, including 37,000 in the U.S., saying more than 12 percent of the devices failed within five years. Lawsuits in federal and state courts describe patients in pain and immobilized by joint dislocations, infections and bone fractures.
Metal Debris

Patients suing J&J, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, claim metal debris from the hips, made from a cobalt and chromium alloy, causes tissue death around the joint and may increase metal ions in the bloodstream to harmful levels.

Bill Price, a spokesman for J&J, declined in a phone interview yesterday to comment on the settlements.

J&J faces more than 8,000 cases alleging the ASR hips are defective, according to court filings. U.S. District Judge David Katz in Toledo, Ohio, is overseeing about 6,000 federal suits that have been consolidated for pretrial evidence gathering. The drugmaker also is defending itself in more than 2,000 cases filed in courts in California, Maryland, Nevada and other states.

The first settlements involve cases filed in state court in Las Vegas, the people familiar with the accords said. Claims by Annelise Rundle, Martha Bender and Katherine Guy had been consolidated and set for trial Dec. 3, according to court documents.
Three Women

Rundle, 74, Bender, 69, and Guy, 60, all had ASR hip replacements done by the same surgeon during the past six years, court filings in Las Vegas show. All three later had the artificial hips removed after experiencing pain and other side effects, according to the filings.

Tests on Rundle showed she had health problems associated with metal filings from her hip, her lawyers said in the filings. In Bender’s case, doctors discovered evidence of bone damage from the device, lawyers said.

“Each of these plaintiffs has incurred a painful and debilitating hip-revision surgery as a result of the failure of their DePuy ASR Hip,” their lawyers said in a December filing.

J&J lawyer’s countered in court filings that the hips didn’t cause Rundle and the other women to develop life- threatening illnesses.

Medical records turned over by Rundle’s doctors, for example, showed she was “generally healthy with no major medical problems,” the company’s lawyers said in a Jan. 17 court filing in Las Vegas challenging the women’s request for an early trial date.

Brian Franciskato, a Kansas City, Missouri-based lawyer for the three women, declined in a telephone interview today to comment on the settlement.
$800 Million

The company said in January that it spent about $800 million on the recall during the past two years. It wouldn’t estimate its product-liability costs.

J&J faces a state-court trial in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in January involving three hip-replacement recipients, according to court filings. Those cases would be the first to go to trial if they aren’t settled.

The first federal trial of claims over the devices is expected in March or April, lawyers involved in the consolidated cases said earlier this year.

The University of Michigan’s Gordon contends it may cost the drugmaker as much as $2 billion to resolve all litigation over DePuy’s ASR hips.
‘Giant Number’

“They’re looking at a giant number before it’s done because there are a giant number of cases,” Gordon said. The biggest benefit to J&J out the Nevada settlements is that the drugmaker has “anchored settlement expectations at the low end of the range,” he said.

J&J’s rose 8 cents to $67.78 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The company’s 4.95 percent bonds, due to mature in May 2033, fell $1.23, or 1 percent, to $121 after news of the hip settlements was announced.

The consolidated Nevada cases are Rundle v. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., A-11-636272, Clark County District Court (Las Vegas).

The federal case is In re DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, 10-MD-2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Toledo).

To contact the reporters on this story: Jef Feeley in Wilmington, Delaware at jfeeley@bloomberg.net; David Voreacos in Newark at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Dunn at adunn8@bloomberg.net