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DePuy ASR Hip Settlement Program Extended!

On February 20th, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and the Settlement Oversight Committee announced they reached an agreement extending the existing DePuy ASR Hip Settlement Program to individuals implanted with ASR hips who underwent revision surgery (surgery replacing the implant) on or before January 31, 2015.

Attorneys William Kershaw and Stuart Talley represent numerous clients implanted with DePuy ASR hips. Many of our clients enrolled in the first round of the settlement, which was open to individuals who were revised on or before August 31, 2013. Therefore, our clients and individuals who underwent revision surgery after September 1, 2013 until January 31, 2015 are eligible to participate in this second round of the settlement. Further program details and additional information regarding the settlement extension will be available in the next few weeks (

If you were implanted with an ASR hip, contact our firm for a free case consultation. You can call us, toll free, at (888) 997-5170, or fill out the confidential contact form found on this page.

Article: J&J to Pay as Much as $420 Million More in ASR Hip Accord



DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits Growing Despite J&J Victory

Court documents filed on January 1, 2015 indicate approximately 7,100 DePuy Pinnacle cases are currently pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244). This is on the heels of a bellwether case in which a Texas jury ruled against Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, a woman who claimed the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant caused multiple injuries, subsequently requiring revision surgeries. The jurors in federal court ruled in favor of J&J’s DePuy subsidiary on October 23, 2014.

The lawsuits are filed in a federal litigation regarding claims alleging the metal-on-metal hip replacements cause chronic pain, cobalt-chromium toxicity, pseudotumors, and other adverse side effects. However, the DePuy Pinnacle is still not recalled. Our firm represents numerous clients who allegedly suffer from the various problems associated with these devices. An increase in filings illustrate many individuals are potentially entitled to compensation secondary to injury from the implants. Our attorneys represent clients nationwide and provide free case evaluations on behalf of individuals with a potential claim.

The lawsuits involve the Ultamet metal liner of the implant. The Ultamet metal liner is primarily composed of cobalt and chromium, and lines the cup of the prosthesis.  The metal liner supposedly reduces friction between the ball and socket, and improves the fit between the ball and socket. However, this liner increases the risk of developing metallosis (metal ion poisoning).Friction between metal components in the hip implant result in a release of metal particles into the blood stream, damaging tissues surrounding the hip joint.

If you have a DePuy Pinnacle, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages associated with the hip implant.

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