Judge Warns of ‘Rogue Websites’ in J&J Case
Something to be wary of if you are one of those affected by Johnson & Jonhson’s recalled hip implants…
A judge in Hackensack warned Thursday of several “rogue websites” by lawyers seeking to take advantage of Johnson & Johnson’s agreement to pay at least $2.47 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits over its recalled hip implants.
Superior Court Judge Brian Martinotti heard a summary of the settlement from lawyers who negotiated an accord designed to resolve about 8,000 U.S. suits against J&J’s DePuy unit. DePuy recalled 93,000 of its ASR hips worldwide in 2010 as the device’s failure rate began to climb.
Lawyers for J&J, the world’s biggest seller of health-care products, and patients revealed the accord on Nov. 19 in federal court in Toledo, Ohio. Martinotti, who oversees about 600 cases in New Jersey, praised the pact as a “creative and a unique” resolution. He said www.usasrhipsettlement.com is the only reliable website outlining terms of the pact. “There are several rogue websites out there,” Martinotti said. “Please be wary of other websites.”