DePuy may pay another $250 million to settle 1000 more defective hip implant cases

Another major settlement for Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy OrthopedicsŒ may be announced soon in which the medical device maker will pay another $250 million to resolve about 1,000 more cases. Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary previously agreed to $2.4 million in hip settlements, resolving about 8,000 lawsuits brought by individuals who had their implant fail prior to August 31, 2013. The first settlement had Johnson & Johnson to pay about $250,000 for each hip patient who required replacement of a DePuy ASR hip at least 180 days after it was implanted. However, DePuy continued to face thousands of lawsuits brought by individuals who received one of the recalled implants but did not have their device fail prior to the August 2013 cut off. The handful of individuals who declined the offer due to more serious injuries and those who have not had to have their DePuy ASR hip replaced are expected to continue litigating their claims for years.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers