Class action

DEPUY ASR HIP IMPLANTS

 

This website is published for the benefit of people who want to make a claim in the settlement of the DePuy ASR Class Action.

Important information regarding the settlement will be published on this website as it becomes available.

On 1 December 2016 the Court delivered its written judgment on the approval of the settlement.  The written judgment contains the Court’s detailed reasons for the orders made on 29 June 2016 approving the settlement.

On 29 June 2016 the Federal Court approved the settlement of the DePuy ASR Class Action for $250 million. Group Members who want to claim compensation in the settlement must register online.

The deadlines for online registration are as follows. Failure to comply with these deadlines may result in rejection of your claim.

Date of revision Deadline for registration
30 April 2016 or earlier 31 October 2016*
1 May 2016 or later No later than six months after the date of the revision surgery


*NOTE:
If you had revision surgery on or before 30 April 2016, the deadline for registration has now passed. Please contact Maurice Blackburn or Shine Lawyers if you had a revision before 1 May 2016 and did not register before the deadline.

Group members will be eligible to receive compensation if they satisfy certain eligibility criteria that are outlined in  Amended Settlement Scheme. The most important of these is that Group Members must have had an “Actual ASR Revision” or a “Deemed ASR Revision” within thirteen years of being implanted with an ASR hip implant.

An “Actual ASR Revision” means a revision in which one or more components of an ASR hip implant are surgically removed.

A “Deemed ASR Revision” is where the surgical removal of one or more components of an ASR hip implant is necessary but is not able to be carried out because medical comorbidities would pose an unacceptable risk of death or an unacceptable deterioration of the Group Member’s health.

If you have not yet had an “Actual ASR Revision” or a “Deemed ASR Revision”, you do not need to register at this stage. The registration process will remain open for you to register your claim if you satisfy the eligibility criteria in the future.

NOTE: If you already registered via this website before receiving the further notice to group members in July 2016, you do not need to register again.

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UPDATE - 7 July 2017

On 28 June 2017, the Administrators appeared before Justice Wigney in the Federal Court in Sydney for a further Case Management Conference. The purpose of this further hearing was to provide clarification to the Court regarding certain aspects of the administration costs and disbursements incurred to date.

In preparation for the 28 June 2017 hearing, the Administrators filed further affidavit evidence, including a supplementary report from the independent costs expert Mr Ross Nicholas.

After considering the further evidence, Justice Wigney made orders approving the administration costs and disbursements sought by the Administrators.

In making the Order Justice Wigney stated that he was satisfied with the expert cost assessor’s opinion that the administration costs and disbursements sought were reasonable.

A link to the further affidavits, 28 June 2017 orders and 4 July reasons can be found below under Settlement Administration Documents

UPDATE - 20 June 2017

On 14 June 2017 the Administrators appeared before Justice Wigney in the Federal Court in Sydney in order to:

  1. give an update about the progress of the settlement administration;
  2. obtain the Court’s approval of minor amendments to the Amended Settlement Scheme; and
  3. request the Court to approve some of the administration costs incurred to date.

Progress on the Settlement Administration to Date

As was reported to the Federal Court last week, the Administrators have made significant progress in implementing and administering the settlement:

  • 1,722 group members have registered their claims in the settlement;
  • Of the 1,722 registered group members, 55.98% have had their eligibility determinations made, and for the remaining group members the Administrators are awaiting information and materials including medical records that are needed in order to determine their eligibility; and
  • To date, more than $13 million in Fast Track payments have already been paid to group members.

For those group members who have elected to have their claims individually assessed, an information brochure was recently sent to you and is also available on the website.

The Administrators wish to emphasise that the assessment and payment of compensation to such a large number of group members under the Settlement Scheme is a complex and time consuming process. At this stage the Administrators are prioritising the completion of all eligibility determinations while at the same time processing Fast Track payments when they are able to be paid after all relevant health care liens are resolved.  To date, the settlement administration has been progressing well and the Administrators expect this to continue.

Amendments to the Amended Settlement Scheme

Justice Wigney has made minor amendments to the Amended Settlement Scheme. These amendments relate to largely procedural and administrative matters including permitting Duncan Basheer Hannon and Lempiere Abbott McLeod undertake certain steps for those group members who they represent. This document has been uploaded to this webpage together with the other documents set out below. We have modified the documents now available on this website to reflect the documents and information currently relevant to group members.

Administration Costs

In relation to the approval of administration costs, Justice Wigney requested the Administrators and the independent costs expert, Mr Ross Nicholas, to provide clarification of various issues before any orders are made.  The Administrators will file this additional material by 23 June 2017 and will attend a further case management conference in the Federal Court at 9.30am on 28 June 2017.  We will report further after that date.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the class action about?

The ASR Class Action was conducted against 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.

The ASR Class Action was commenced on behalf of “Group Members” who were implanted with an ASR Resurfacing Implant and/or ASR XL Total Hip Implant in Australia.

It was alleged that the ASR hip implants were defective in design, not fit for purpose and not of merchantable quality, and that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson were negligent. The Respondents denied these allegations and defended the proceedings. In the first half of 2015, there was a 17 week trial in the Federal Court of Australia. No judgment has been handed down by the Federal Court.

On 31 March 2016 it was announced that the parties had agreed to settle the ASR Class Action. The settlement was approved by the Federal Court on 29 June 2016.

How much have you settled for?

The class action has been settled for $250 million plus interest, including legal costs.

Is this settlement an admission of liability by DePuy?

No. The parties agreed to settle the DePuy ASR Class Action on a “no admissions” basis, which means that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson do not admit any liability or wrongdoing.

Who are “Group Members”?

Group Members are patients who were surgically implanted with a DePuy ASR Resurfacing Implant and/or DePuy ASR XL Total Hip Implant by a doctor in Australia and who have not opted out of the Class Action.

You should speak to your doctor or the hospital if you are uncertain as to whether you were implanted with a DePuy ASR hip implant.

Is this a good outcome?

In the view of Maurice Blackburn and Shine Lawyers, the settlement is appropriate to resolve the class action and is in the interests of Group Members.

On 29 June 2016, the Federal Court found that the settlement is fair and reasonable and that it is in the interests of Group Members who have claims in the class action.  The Federal Court’s reasons for approving the settlement were published on 1 December 2016 and can be downloaded here.

Who will be eligible to receive compensation?

Not all Group Members will be eligible to receive compensation under the settlement.  Only patients who were implanted with an ASR hip implant in Australia and who have had an “Actual ASR Revision” or “Deemed ASR Revision” will be eligible for compensation. These criteria are described in the Amended Settlement Scheme (see clauses 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3).

Group Members will not be eligible to receive compensation if they have opted out of the ASR Class Action or have previously accepted a final offer of compensation of their ASR claim.

What if I haven’t had revision surgery yet?

The settlement will remain open for another seven or more years (until approximately 2023) for Group Members to register and make claims if they meet the eligibility criteria in the future.

If Group Members do not yet satisfy the eligibility criteria, they do not need to register at this stage. You will be able to register your claim in the future (as long as you do so within 6 months of your “Actual ASR Revision” or “Deemed ASR Revision”).

For example, if a Group Member’s ASR hip implant surgery occurred on 1 March 2009, and she then undergoes revision eight years later on 1 March 2017, the Group Member will become eligible to receive compensation (assuming that she also satisfies the other eligibility criteria).  In this example, she will need to register her claim no later than 1 September 2017.  Please refer to the registration deadlines and eligibility criteria for further information.

Do I need to do anything?

Please read the Further Notice to Group Members carefully as it contains important information about the ASR class action and the settlement.

If you think you may be eligible, you will need to register your claim within the deadlines specified above.

What is the Amended Settlement Scheme?

The Amended Settlement Scheme is a document that sets out the process for making and assessing claims by Group Members.

The Amended Settlement Scheme can be accessed here and from the Documents section of this website.

When will I be paid?

Maurice Blackburn and Shine Lawyers will work to distribute payments as quickly as possible.

However, there are a large number of Group Members whose claims will need to be individually assessed and determined, so it may take some time for all claims to be assessed.

Group Members who elect to receive a Fast Track Resolution will avoid the need to undergo individual assessment of their compensation entitlements, and will therefore be paid more quickly than those who proceed to individual assessment.

At this stage, we do not know when payments will be able to be made to Group Members.

Who will administer the settlement?

Maurice Blackburn and Shine Lawyers have been jointly appointed as administrators of the settlement.

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