News - Settlement in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

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Foley & Small is pleased to report on the settlement of thousands of claims by those who received the defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implant.  Foley & Small represents a number of clients who received the ASR hip product.  The U.S. settlement is valued at approximately $2.5 billion, based on an estimate of 8,000 patients participating in the program.  The base recovery amount for each claimant is $250,000.  In addition, DePuy is to pay any health insurance and Medicare/Medicaid liens.  The U.S. settlement program is available for U.S. ASR patients who had revision surgery for reasons related to the recall as of August 31, 2013.  Judge David Katz of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio is presiding over the federal multidistrict litigation. 

In August 2010, DePuy issued a voluntary recall of the ASR Hip System after receiving new information from the UK National Joint Registry concerning the ASR Hip System, which showed a failure rate that was significantly greater than other hip replacement products.  The traditional hip systems, which have a metal ball and plastic cup, had a life expectancy of 15 years.  The ASR product was failing in some persons after only a couple years.

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