First DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit Trial Opens in Maryland, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Continues to Investigate Claims Stemming from DePuy ASR Hip Recall

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Since the August 2010 DePuy ASR Hip Recall, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit have been named in over 10,000 lawsuits filed by alleged victims of the recalled device.

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This is the first of several important DePuy ASR hip trials scheduled for this year. We look forward to seeing how juries will weigh these claims.

The first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit trial in the nation is now underway in Prince George's Maryland Circuit Court. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the trial involves a case brought by a former dancer who claims the two DePuy ASR hip replacements she received left her unable to live a normal life. According to court filings, the Defendants assert the hip replacements were not defective, even though they announced a DePuy ASR hip recall in August 2010, after the implants were found to have an unacceptably high failure rate.* (Jackson v. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., CAL 10-32147)

“This is the first of several important DePuy ASR hip trials scheduled for this year. We look forward to seeing how juries will weigh these claims,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices.    The Firm is offering free case evaluations to alleged victims of DePuy ASR hip replacements.

DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits
According to the Bloomberg report, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson are facing more than 10,000 similar claims in courts throughout the country. The majority have been filed in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Judge David Katz, who is overseeing the federal DePuy ASR hip litigation, has scheduled its first bellwether trial for May 6, 2013, while the second will begin on July 8, 2013. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197)

Jury selection in the Maryland trial began on January 7th.    The trial is expected to last three weeks. The Plaintiff alleges metal debris shed from the ASR hips causes tissue death around the joint and may increase metal ions in the bloodstream to harmful levels, according to Bloomberg.

A second multidistrict litigation has been established in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, for claims involving a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to court documents, the first trial in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation is scheduled for September 2014. Bernstein Liebhard LLP Partner, Jeffrey Grand, serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone allegedly injured as a result of a metal-on-metal hip implant, including the DePuy ASR hip and the all-metal Pinnacle device. A wealth of information regarding the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants is available on Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For more information about DePuy hip implant lawsuits, please contact one of our attorneys by calling 877-779-1414.

*bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-07/j-j-facing-trial-over-artificial-hip-claims-in-maryland.html

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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