Disclosure has begun in the multi-district litigation case against DePuy Orthopedics on behalf of thousands of Americans who have made DePuy injury compensation claims following the recall of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement systems last August.
During the preliminary disclosure, depositions will be taken from three DePuy executives to ascertain the company´s corporate organisation, retention policies and storage of electronic information. This information has been asked for by lawyers representing plaintiffs making DePuy injury compensation claims in the United States, as they believe that there is incriminating evidence relating to the sale and distribution of the recalled ASR hip replacement systems.
It is hoped that these depositions will accelerate the multi-district litigation case investigating the DePuy hip recall and reduce the time it could take for so many DePuy injury compensation claims to be resolved. More than 93,000 recalled DePuy hip replacement systems were implanted in the United States between 2003 and 2010 and it is expected that many thousands more affected by the “higher than expected” failure rate will have joined the class action before it is resolved.
This first stage of disclosure is scheduled to be concluded by April 28th 2011, at which time pre-trial arguments on behalf of those making DePuy injury compensation claims will be heard by the Honorable Judge David A. Katz at the Northern Ohio District Court.