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DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit News: California Judge Allows DePuy ASR Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Add Pinnacle Hip Claims

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Information Center ( reports that DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits, along with claims relating to the 2010 DePuy ASR recall, continue to move forward in courts around the country. According to court documents, California Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer has ruled that seven plaintiffs in DePuy ASR lawsuits now pending in the state’s consolidated proceeding will be allowed to add claims relating to the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle acetabular cup to their lawsuits. (DePuy ASR Hip System Cases, JCCP No. 4649, San Francisco Superior Court)

“This ruling is of great interest to our Firm, as we are representing hundreds of clients in both DePuy ASR claims and DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to alleged victims of serious complications associated with metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR and all-metal Pinnacle hip.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

According to court documents, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit is facing thousands of claims involving its metal-on-metal ASR and Pinnacle hip replacements. The majority of DePuy ASR lawsuits have been filed in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197) While the first trial in the federal litigation is not scheduled to begin until September, a DePuy ASR lawsuit trial has already concluded in California Superior Court, with the Plaintiff awarded more than $8 million in damages. (Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County)

A second multidistrict litigation for all federally-filed claims involving the all-metal Pinnacle hip has been established in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244; N.D. Texas)

According to court documents, plaintiffs with claims pending in both litigations allege the metal-on-metal hips have a propensity to shed dangerous amounts of metal debris, leading to adverse local tissue reactions and premature device failure. Plaintiffs in DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits further allege the all-metal version of the device shares many of the same design defects that led to the recall of the ASR in August 2010.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating metal-on-metal hip replacements since February 2011. In January 2013, the FDA advised all patients fitted with metal-on-metal hips to undergo metal ion testing if they were experiencing signs or symptoms of device failure. The agency has also proposed new rules that would subject all-metal hips to greater regulatory scrutiny.* On May 17th the New York Times reported that DePuy Orthopaedics had decided to phase out sales of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the all-metal Pinnacle, in part due to recent FDA actions.*

Hip implant recipients who suffered serious complications allegedly due to the DePuy Pinnacle or ASR hip may be entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. Click Here to learn more about Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s involvement in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation. To arrange for a free, no obligation legal review of your case, please call 800-511-5092 today.

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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