Rottenstein Law Group Acknowledges Scheduling of Examinations of DePuy Executives as Part of Pending Litigation
(New York, NY, January 23, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the recall of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, acknowledges with support the scheduling of examinations of DePuy executives.
With the discovery phase underway in the multidistrict litigation surrounding DePuy Orthopaedics’s embattled ASR hip replacement system, the plaintiff’s liaison counsel has called for examinations of DePuy executives, to be held in February and March. The discovery phase of litigation involves a comprehensive trading of information relevant to the claims and defenses raised in a lawsuit.
By notices dated January 12, 2012, and filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division – where In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation (case no 1:10-md-2197) is pending before the Honorable David A. Katz – the plaintiffs’ lawyers have scheduled the video depositions of Sally Hunter and Pam Plouhar. Ms. Hunter is the Vice President of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs for DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson; Ms. Plouhar is DePuy’s Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Affairs. Ms. Hunter is scheduled to be examined in England in early February; Ms. Plouhar in Indiana in early March.
In an article that appeared on the New York Times Web site in March 2010, Ms. Hunter was quoted as saying that “[w]ith declining sales of this particular product in its market segment, we are focusing on newer technologies.” Yet, in August 2010, DePuy announced a global recall of its ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System. 93,000 patients worldwide had an ASR device implanted before the recall, according to published data provided by DePuy. The company recalled its ASR devices after the National Joint Registry of England and Wales made public data showing that, within five years, about 12 percent of recipients of the hip resurfacing system and about 13 percent of recipients of the acetabular system needed amended surgery, as was reported by the Times.
Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, says, “We implore anyone with a friend or relative who has received a hip replacement device since 2003 to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer.”
The Rottenstein Law Group lawyers have a total of more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence of powerful corporations. Affected individuals can also stay apprised of the latest developments in the DePuy situation by visiting the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Lawsuit Information Center. The site is equipped with easy-to-use social media features which will enable users to spread the word about DePuy ASR hip replacement device failures.
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