DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit News: Plaintiffs Attorney Alleges J&J Pursued Profits Over Safety; Asks for as Much as $180 Million in Damages

Los Angeles, Calif (PRWEB) March 01, 2013

As the jury deliberates over a verdict in the nations first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit to go to trialof potentially thousandsthe Rottenstein Law Group responds to the plaintiffs attorneys assertion during closing arguments that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics knew the recalled ASR hip replacement implant was defective but continued to sell the device.

Attorneys for Loren Kransky, 65, of South Dakota, allege that the faulty design of the ASR caused metal ions, created by friction between the ball and cup of the hip implant, to enter Kranskys bloodstream. They also allege that the devices poor design made it extremely difficult for Kransky to walk without immense pain. They are asking for $ 338,000 for medical expenses and $ 5 million for Kranskys pain and suffering. For punitive damages, Kranskys attorneys are asking for between two and five percent of Johnson & Johnsons net worth, or between $ 72 million and $ 172 million, according to Bloomberg.*

Evidence throughout the trial has indicated that DePuy executives allegedly were made aware of the ASRs particular inclination toward failure, said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. It was shown through testimony from DePuy employees, in addition to company emails. The jury has a lot to work with, but the hope is that Mr. Kranskyand the thousands of others whose trials are pendingwill ultimately receive the compensation for their alleged injuries that they deserve.

The Rottenstein Law Group encourages hip implant recipients to download an informational brochure from this website to learn more about the DePuy ASR and lawsuits.

DePuy is currently a defendant in more than 10,000 lawsuits nationwide, most of which are part of a multidistrict litigation, which is a consolidation of federal cases for pretrial proceedings (MDL-2197). The ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, which went on the market in 2005, were recalled in August 2010 following reports of high failure rates. DePuy said at the time of the recall that the ASR hip replacement system has a 12 percent failure rate, but an Australian device registry found that failure rate to be closer to 40 percent, according to Bloomberg.**




The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based firm that represents clients nationwide in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)


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Rochelle Rottenstein, Esq.

321 W. 44th Street

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New York NY 10036

(212) 933-9500 (office phone)

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rochelle (at) rotlaw (dot) com

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