Friday 23 March 2018

High Court green lights resolution system to settle 1,000 cases over hip implants

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A High Court judge has given the go ahead for a new voluntary alternative dispute resolution system aimed at settling more than 1,000 cases brought against DePuy International over allegedly defective hip implants.

The move is aimed at freeing up the High Court personal injury list and ensuring the cases against DePuy International will be decided speedily.

A retired High Court judge is to be asked to oversee the scheme which will have a team of evaluators examine all medical reports submitted.

A decision on claims will be made within six weeks of receipt of all documentation.

At six month intervals, the manager of the scheme will have to report to the chairperson on the progress achieved including the number of cases dealt with and whether they have been rejected, accepted or processed.

At the High Court today, Mr Justice Kevin Cross, who previously warned, if a dispute resolution system was not put in place, it could be several years before all the cases were heard, urged all those involved to put the scheme in train immediately.

The judge was very anxious that the system be set up as soon as possible.

He said the scheme will be voluntary. He also said, even if two cases were fixed to go ahead in the High Court every week, he would be past his retirement age before all the cases in the pipeline were resolved.

DePuy had set out a scheme and he congratulated all sides for taking part in the process.

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