Maryland DePuy ASR Case Settles Before Trial

Update: According to HarrisMartin, Maryland plaintiff Moira Jackson and defendant DePuy Orthopaedics reached a confidential settlement in time to avoid what was expected to be the first DePuy ASR trial. Other than their notification to the court that the case was resolved, they have declined to comment. Bellwether Trials are still scheduled to start in May 2013.

 

DePuy ASR Bellwether Trials to Begin in Just 5 Months

The first Bellwether trials for the DePuy ASR litigation are scheduled for May and July of this year. They will also be a critical part of this litigation. Bellwether trials are designed to test the waters and show how a jury would react to similar cases. Settlement negotiations often depend on how the jury awards damages to the plaintiffs. Since the settlement of lawsuits is based on what the jury would award should the case go to trial, a large verdict in favor of the plaintiff would mean DePuy would likely pay more out in settlements in order to prevent trying additional cases.

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First DePuy ASR Jury Trial Scheduled for Next Monday

The first jury trial in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant litigation will be held next week on Monday, January 7, 2013. Moira Jackson of Hyattsville, MD, will appear in Court along with two other DePuy ASR plaintiffs. Prince George’s Maryland Circuit Court Judge Crystal Dixon Mittelstaedt will preside over the trial.

According to sources at Harris Martin, the trial is expected to last about three weeks. Both the plaintiff and defense have requested five days to present evidence.

Update: Case Settles Before Trial