(PRWEB) August 21, 2013
This month a New Jersey state judge denied Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics their request to separate two DePuy ASR hip lawsuits that were consolidated as part of a statewide “multicounty litigation.” The Rottenstein Law Group LLP’s DePuy recall lawyers note that the judge’s rejection is helpful in explaining to plaintiffs why such lawsuits might be consolidated in the first place.
The firms brought the separation request because they said the cases were not similar enough for a consolidation, according to court documents (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Implants Litigation, L-3971-11, Bergen County, Superior Court of New Jersey). Judge Brian R. Martinotti did not agree, saying that there were significant commonalities in the bases for the lawsuits.
“Consolidations such as these are done in the interest of efficiency of pretrial proceedings such as the gathering of evidence,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “They can be a benefit to a plaintiff because it could mean a metal-on-metal hip lawsuit could go to trial more swiftly.”
The DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant, recalled in 2010, has been under U.S. Food and Drug Administration scrutiny, primarily because of one dangerous, alleged adverse side effect called “metal poisoning,” or “metallosis.” According to the FDA,* metal particles could enter into the patient’s bloodstream when the device’s metal parts rub against each other. This could lead to potentially severe health problems, the FDA said, such as neurological impairment.
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP represents clients in ASR hip lawsuits. The firm encourages those who believe they have suffered from the ASR’s alleged side effects to visit the firm’s website to download a free brochure to learn more about DePuy ASR settlements and lawsuits.
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