Parker Waichman LLP Reports Progress in DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuits, First Trials May Start this Year in Federal Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Litigation

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Bellwether Trials will Help Gauge How Juries Might Rule in Thousands of Lawsuits Currently Pending in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2197)

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Verdicts in these key trials will help gauge how juries might rule in thousands of similar DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits pending in the litigation.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of people injured by metal-on-metal hip replacement implants and other defective medical devices, reports that bellwether trials could commence later this year in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (MDL No. 2197). According to Parker Waichman LLP, bellwether trials are used when a large group of plaintiffs have filed suit based on the same theory or claim. Verdicts in these key trials will help gauge how juries might rule in thousands of similar DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits pending in the litigation.

According to a report from Bloomberg News, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson have been named in more than 4,200 lawsuits in the federal MDL, while another 2,000 cases are pending in state courts throughout the country. During an MDL status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants told U.S. District Judge David Katz that they had agreed that bellwether trials should be scheduled. [bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-01/j-j-hip-patients-will-take-bellwether-cases-to-trial-1-.html]

Parker Waichman LLP is representing numerous plaintiffs in the DePuy ASR hip implant MDL. Lawsuits pending in the litigation allege that minute particles of chromium and cobalt shed from the metal-on-metal hip implants can cause a variety of health problems, including tissue death, dangerous levels of metal ions in the bloodstream, pain, infection and the need for revision surgery, according to the firm.

DePuy Orthopaedics issued a global recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR Acetabular System in August 2010, 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. According to Parker Waichman LLP, more than 93,000 metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants were sold worldwide prior to their recall. [depuy.com/asr-hip-replacement-recall]

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently conducting a safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR devices. Last May, the agency 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 FDA 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. - http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm

In March, a group of researchers writing in The Lancet called on doctors to stop using metal-on-metal hip implants after a study they conducted found that there is a 6.2 percent chance that patients with such devices will need a replacement within just five years. 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. [helancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410]

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of DePuy ASR 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, please contact their office by visiting the firm's DePuy ASR 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).

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Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636
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