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DePuy ASR™ MDL Lawsuit Update: Settlement Reached in the DePuy ASR™ Hip Implant Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2197)
Date:11/28/2013

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) November 28, 2013

According to court documents filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in the Multidistrict Litigation In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., ASR™ Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197 (Case No. 10-md-2197), the settlement agreement has now been released. The settlement agreement outlines that there will be a base payment of $250,000 for each plaintiff involved in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL 2197) who has underwent revision surgery to remove the ASR™ hip implant by or before August 31, 2013. Additional monies could be offered for persons who underwent bilateral revision or re-revision surgeries. However, there are additional factors that must be taken into consideration for each particular case and would potentially reduce the amount of the plaintiff’s base payment of $250,000, including but not limited to the following factors: body weight, length of time that the device was implanted, smoking history, and age.

The deadline for plaintiffs to register to participate in the settlement is January 6, 2014 and all necessary enrollment documents must be submitted by April 1, 2014. The settlement agreement outlines that the manufacturers have the right to walk away from the settlement if more than 6% of those eligible to enter into the settlement do not enroll by the deadline. If there is sufficient participation in the settlement, then it will proceed with payments made under the settlement agreement in the summer of 2014.

Kristine Kraft, partner at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP representing victims of dangerous pharmaceutical medications and unsafe medical devices, stresses that it is very important for victims implanted with DePuy ASR™ devices to consult with an attorney. Kraft stated, “Any person implanted with DePuy ASR™ devices should speak to an attorney for careful consideration of their claim pertaining to the
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