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 Australia.
It is alleged that the DePuy ASR hip implants were defective, 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. A trial to determine these issues has been listed for hearing on 2 March 2015 in the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney.
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 625 669 or send us a message via the email on the right.