Update: The DepPuy hip lawsuits that were the subject of this litigation have been settled. If you or a loved one has questions regarding a DePuy class action or other litigation involving any product, you can contact our law firm and request a free consultation with one of our recall lawsuit lawyers.
The DePuy hip litigation has been consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL), a process similar to class action lawsuits, but only involving pretrial procedures. With this MDL, plaintiffs’ attorneys (represent patients suing) share work product prior to the settlement of the cases or individual trials for compensation. In most cases, these kinds of suits are settled and never go to trial.
A recent order by the presiding judge, David A. Katz, established a fee and expense funds to provide for the fair and equitable sharing among plaintiffs (the patients suing DePuy) and their attorneys “for the common benefit of all plaintiffs in this complex litigation.”
The Court ordered the Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel to establish two interest-bearing accounts to receive and disburse funds for the consolidated action In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2197. The funds, the “ASR Hip Fee Fund” and the “ASR HIP Expense Fund” will be held subject to the direction of the Court. These funds will ensure that all plaintiffs share in the expense of litigating the lawsuits and that the attorneys are not unfairly compensated.
The order applies to all cases pending and part of the MDL at the time of the ruling. Before the ruling the attorneys for the patients and the attorneys for the company agreed on specifics of the creation of the fee and expense funds. These were incorporated into the Court’s ruling.