DePuy ASR hip implants class action
On 28 February 2011, Maurice Blackburn commenced the DePuy ASR
hip implants class action in the Federal Court of Australia.
The class action is against the UK based company, DePuy
International Ltd, which manufactured the DePuy ASR hip implants,
and against Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Limited, which
distributed and sold the DePuy ASR hip implants within
It is alleged that the DePuy ASR hip implants were not fit for
their purpose and were not of merchantable quality in contravention
of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth), and that
DePuy and Johnson & Johnson were negligent.
What are DePuy ASR hip implants?
The DePuy ASR hip implants are a series of metal components used
as artificial hip prostheses in the DePuy ASR Articular Surface
Replacement System, the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System or the
DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System. These DePuy ASR hip implant
systems were designed and manufactured to be used in total hip
replacement or hip resurfacing surgery.
Statistics maintained by the Australian Orthopaedic
Association's National Joint Replacement Registry show that between
2003 and 2009 over 5,000 DePuy ASR implants were surgically
implanted in Australia.
In December 2009, Johnson & Johnson withdrew the DePuy ASR
hip implants from sale in Australia. In March 2010, Johnson
& Johnson issued a Safety Alert in relation to the DePuy ASR
hip implants and in August 2010 it issued a Hazard Alert.
Who is affected by the class action?
The DePuy hip implants class action is being conducted on behalf
of all patients who have had one or more DePuy ASR components
surgically implanted by a doctor in Australia.
If successful, the DePuy hip implants class action will benefit
all patients who have suffered injury, loss or damage as a result
of being implanted with a DePuy ASR hip implant.
You should consult your doctor if you are uncertain as to
whether you have a DePuy ASR hip implant.
Where can I obtain further information?
Maurice Blackburn is conducting the DePuy hip implants class
action on a "no win no fee" basis. This means that if you
retain Maurice Blackburn you will not need to pay any legal costs
unless we recover compensation for you.
If you are interested in knowing more about the DePuy class
action or you wish to consider retaining Maurice Blackburn to
protect your rights, freecall 1800 810 856 or email email@example.com.