DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Thousands of DePuy hip replacement lawsuits have been filed by individuals who allegedly suffered serious complications associated with a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System, as well as the ASR XL Acetabular System total hip. While DePuy Orthpaedics has settled the majority of ASR cases, most of the Pinnacle hip lawsuits remain to be litigated.

DePuy Hip Legal Reviews

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing hundreds of patients who were allegedly harmed by DePuy hip replacements. If you experienced premature failure of an all-metal Pinnacle or ASR hip implant, call (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your possible legal options.

Breaking News on DePuy Hip Litigation

  • December 2016: Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary has been ordered to pay a combined $1.04 billion to six individuals who suffered serious complications associated with a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.  According to court documents, jurors agreed with the plaintiffs’ assertion their all-metal Pinnacle hips were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about their serious risks. The bellwether trial was the litigation’s third, and the second in which plaintiffs were awarded substantial damages. Read More
  • September 2016: Jury selection in the third Pinnacle hip trial began on September 19th in the Northern District of Texas. The trial involves seven consolidated lawsuits. Read More
  • March 2016: The second bellwether trial in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation concludes, after a jury in the Northern District of Texas awarded a total of $500 million to five patients fitted with an all-metal version of the hip replacement system. The jury agreed that Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit knew the implants were defective, but concealed that information from doctors and patients. Read More
  • October 2014: The first federal bellwether trial of a Pinnacle hip lawsuit ends with a verdict in favor of the defense. Read More
  • November 2013: Johnson & Johnson and DePuy agreed to pay $2.5 billion in order to settle the majority of cases involving its recalled ASR hip implants. Plaintiffs eligible for the proposed settlement would receive a base award of $250,000. That award could be reduced, however, depending on certain other factors, including their prior medical history. Other circumstances could entitle plaintiffs to a supplemental award if they, for example, required multiple revision surgeries, or if they experience “certain extraordinary injuries” in the future. Read More
  • May 2011: Federally-filed product liability lawsuits involving an all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement are centralized in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs in these lawsuit claim that the device’s metal components can shed dangerous amounts of toxic metal ions, leading to metallosis, dislocation and other complications that may necessitate revision surgery. Read More
  • December 2010: All DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits are consolidated in a multidistrict litigation and transferred to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Plaintiffs claim that DePuy was aware of the device’s defects long before its August 2010 recall, but concealed that information from patients and doctors. Read More

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacements: What’s the Problem?

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed over a version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement that incorporates a metal Ultamet liner. Brought to market in in 2005, the all-metal Pinnacle was approved via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) process, which allows a product to bypass clinical human testing in order to receive market clearance. According to DePuy hip replacement lawsuits, the FDA has received 1,300 adverse reports about the metal-on-metal implant.

In May 2013, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics announced that they would cease the sale of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the device involved in Pinnacle hip lawsuits.

The DePuy ASR Hip Recall

The DePuy ASR hip recall was issued in August 2010, after data indicated that 12% of the metal-on-meal hips would fail within just five years of implantation. However, internal documents from Johnson & Johnson put the four-year failure rate near 37%, while data from an Australian hip registry found that the seven-year failure rate was closer to 44%.

Learn More about DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who suffered serious complications related to the premature failure of a DePuy hip replacement. To learn more, please call (888) 994-5118.

  1. com (2011) “JPML Consolidateds DePuy Hip Implant suits in Texas”
  2. Med Device (2010) “DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits consolidated”
  3. New York Times (2013) “J&J Unit Phasing Out All-Metal Hip Devices”
  4. DePuy Orthopaedics (2010) “DePuy ASR™ Hip Recall Guide “




Last Modified: December 12, 2016

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