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Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defense Motion in Federal Litigation of DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Claims

(PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Plaintiffs involved with federally-filed DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit claims are engaged in motion practice regarding expert testimony they argue is crucial to the lawsuits pending in the DePuy Pinnacle MDL, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

According to court documents, the issue hinges on whether a particular expert will be able to testify at trial. Plaintiffs in DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits filed in the federal litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas allege the all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System, which includes an Ultamet liner, caused them to suffer metallosis and other painful complications indicating early hip failure. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)

“We are pleased to see DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits moving forward in the federal litigation as we continue to hear from patients who allegedly experienced metallosis and other complications stemming from the all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing individuals affected by defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing lawsuits in the federal litigation on behalf of patients allegedly injured by the artificial hip. Additionally, Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation.

DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Claims

According to a Master Case List update issued by the Northern District of Texas on June 3rd, 2013, 4,246 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit claims had been filed in the federal proceeding. These claims were filed by patients allegedly injured by the all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip. Complications associated with this device are allegedly caused by its potential to wear out, which in turn may cause metallic debris to shed into the patient’s blood stream.

Less than a month before this Case List update was posted, Johnson & Johnson announced its plans to halt sales of the all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement, as well as other metal-on-metal hip devices currently manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics. The company’s decision to end sales of its metal-on-metal hip replacements was published in a May 16th report from the New York Times.* In citing its reasons for stopping sales of these devices, the company stressed that its decision did not signify a DePuy Pinnacle recall and was prompted by lower sales demands, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent proposal to institute new regulations for approving metal hip implants.

According to the new regulations proposed by the agency in January 2013, all manufacturers of this class of devices would be required to conduct safety and efficacy studies on their products in order to continue selling them. Thus, metal-on-metal hip replacements would become ineligible to receive approval via the FDA’s 510(k) process, which allows a device to bypass human testing.**

Patients who allegedly experienced complications stemming from the all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages caused by their injuries. Visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website to learn more about how to file a lawsuit over the implant you received or call a DePuy Pinnacle lawyer directly at 800-511-5092 today.


About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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