In advance of a trial scheduled to begin in less than a month, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have agreed to settle a claim in San Francisco Superior Court involving a defective and recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip system. The trial was to be the first out of the nearly 2,000 DePuy hip cases currently pending in California courts; often referred to as a bellwether case. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. This case was one of approximately 11,500 cases currently pending against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy across the country. Several more trials are scheduled to occur in the upcoming months in New Jersey, Illinois and California.
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