New York, NY (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of people injured by metal-on-metal hip implants and other defective medical devices, reports that lawsuits over DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implants are moving forward. A Status Conference will be held tomorrow, May 1, 2012, in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2197") in order for the parties to confer on the first bellwether trials in the litigation. The Conference will commence at 11:30 a.m. at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and United States Courthouse, West Palm Beach, Florida. [ohnd.uscourts.gov/assets/Clerks_Office_and_Court_Records/MDL/2197/Amended-Order-392.pdf]
According to Parker Waichman LLP, more than 3,500 lawsuits are pending in the federal DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation, which is currently underway in U.S. District Court, District of Northern Ohio. In an Amended Order dated April 10, 2012, parties in the DePuy ASR hip implant litigation were directed to submit a joint proposal or competing bellwether trial selection protocols to the Court no later than April 27, 2012. Bellwether trials, also known as test trials, are used when a large group of plaintiffs have filed suit based on the same theory or claim. Verdicts in bellwether trials can help gauge how juries might rule in similar lawsuits, according to Parker Waichman.
According to the firm, more than 93,000 metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants were sold worldwide prior to their August 2010 recall. DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a global recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR Acetabular System after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it. [depuy.com/asr-hip-replacement-recall]
The recalled DePuy ASR hip implants are metal-on metal-devices, a class of hip replacements that is currently the subject of a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safety review. Last May, the FDA directed 21 companies that market all-metal hip replacements, including DePuy, to conduct post-market studies of their products to determine if they were shedding dangerous amounts of metallic debris in patients. The agency recently announced that its Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel will meet on June 27 and 28 to discuss the risks and benefits of metal-on-metal hip systems, and make potential patient and practitioner recommendations for their use. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm]
In March, a large study published in The Lancet showed that there is a 6.2 percent chance patients with all-metal hips will need a replacement within five years, prompting the study authors to call for an end to their use. The month prior, a report in the British Medical Journal warned that hundreds of thousands of people around the world may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals from failing metal-on-metal hip implants. ]thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410]
Parker Waichman LLP is representing numerous plaintiffs in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation, and expects to file additional complaints in the future.The firm is also representing people allegedly injured by a metal-on-metal version of DePuy's Pinnacle Hip Implant System. Hundreds of DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (MDL 2244).
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with a recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implant or an all-metal DePuy Pinnacle implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's defective metal-on-metal hip implant Injury page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
For more information regarding defective hip implant lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney