Federal DePuy ASR Hip Litigation Status Conference Set For July 25, 2012

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DePuy ASR hip recall litigation status conference regarding federal metal-on-metal hip lawsuits to take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

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Our DePuy ASR hip recall lawyers are hopeful that one of the issues to be addressed at this week’s conference will be the confirmation of dates for the initial bellwether trials of the metal-on-metal hip lawsuits

Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients in the DePuy ASR hip recall hip litigation, reports that a status conference is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in the consolidated action, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.* All of the metal-on-metal hip lawsuits filed in federal court by plaintiffs who received recalled DePuy ASR hip implants are pending before the Honorable David A. Katz. On Wednesday, the Court will conduct a status conference at 9:30 a.m. with members of the Executive Committee. An open court conference will commence at 11:30 a.m. that same day.

Our DePuy ASR hip recall lawyers are hopeful that one of the issues to be addressed at this week’s conference will be the confirmation of dates for the initial bellwether trials of the metal-on-metal hip lawsuits. As discussed during the last hearing, lawyers leading the DePuy ASR hip litigation are actively working towards this goal. As of that time, the first federal bellwether trial was expected to take place in Spring 2013.** Depositions of DePuy executives continue to be noticed, including:

  •     a company representative who can testify about DePuy’s postmarket surveillance procedures;
  •     DePuy’s Group Market/Product Manager; and
  •     DePuy’s Staff/Senior Bioengineer.***

Recent Developments Affecting Metal-On-Metal Hip Lawsuits

Since the last status conference in the DePuy ASR hip litigation on June 5, 2012, a public advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) convened for a two-day session to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants.**** The public hearing focused on the following issues:

  •     the risks of metal-on-metal hip implants;
  •     the importance of metal ion testing; and
  •     the long-term considerations for patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip systems.

During the hearing, the FDA panel heard testimony from patients, medical device manufacturers, experts, medical professionals, scientists, consumer advocacy groups and foreign regulatory agencies.

In light of the testimony the FDA received during the hearing, and recent reports that the agency has received nearly 17,000 adverse events related to metal-on-metal hip implants between 2000 and 2011, the lawyers representing clients in the DePuy ASR litigation are hopeful that the FDA takes action soon to protect public safety.*****

DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits continued to be filed by Bernstein Liebhard on behalf of individuals who received DePuy ASR hip implants. Those who have suffered damages as a result of being implanted with a metal-on-metal hip may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more by watching this metal-on-metal hip lawsuit video, or by visiting our website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com. For more information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.

*ecf.ohnd.uscourts.gov/doc1/14116242772
**bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-01/j-j-hip-patients-will-take-bellwether-cases-to-trial-1-.html
***ecf.ohnd.uscourts.gov/doc1/14116313198; ecf.ohnd.uscourts.gov/doc1/14116284980; and ecf.ohnd.uscourts.gov/doc1/14116285006
****fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/ucm297884.htm
*****bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-21/hip-implant-concerns-reached-16-800-in-a-decade-fda-says.html

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