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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Settlement

On 31 March 2016 it was announced that the parties had agreed to settle the DePuy ASR Class Action for $250 million.

The settlement will need to be approved by the Federal Court of Australia before people who were implanted with an ASR Implant can be compensated. The date for the settlement approval hearing is 24 June 2016.

On 26 April 2016, the Federal Court approved the form of a notice to be sent to Group Members with information about the settlement. The notice contains important information about the settlement. It also explains what Group Members must do to claim compensation in the settlement. A copy of the Settlement Notice can be downloaded here and in the ‘Resources/Links’ section below.

A copy of the proposed Settlement Scheme can be viewed here and in the ‘Resources/Links’ section below.

Importantly, Group Members who want to claim compensation in the settlement must register online at the following website: www.depuyclassaction.com.au

If you need more information about the DePuy class action freecall 1800 625 669, check the Settlement website at www.depuyclassaction.com.au or send us a message.