New York, NY (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits included in the federal consolidated action, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), continue to move forward, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. On August 14, 2012, the Honorable James E. Kinkeade issued a Case Management Order setting forth deadlines for pretrial matters so that the first bellwether case will be ready for trial by September 14, 2014.* The federal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement litigation is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. According to an August 1, 2012 Master Case List entered by the court, as of July 31, 2012, there were 1,841 cases pending in the Pinnacle hip multidistrict litigation.**
“Plaintiffs are pleased with the Order and eager to commence discovery,” commented Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand, who serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation. The Firm is actively representing clients and filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were injured by the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip systems.
Discovery Deadlines Issued To Ensure The DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits Proceed Expeditiously
In order to ensure that the first bellwether DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit is ready for trial in September 2014, Judge Kinkeade outlined various pretrial matters and issued discovery deadlines for the course of the litigation. According to the Case Management Order:
- Plaintiff fact sheets for cases currently pending should be completed by December 17, 2012;
- Depositions will begin in January 2013;
- Lawyers for plaintiffs and defendants must recommend 4-6 potential bellwether cases by September 2, 2013; and
- Expert and fact discovery in the first bellwether trial case must be completed by May 27, 2014.
In addition to the dates highlighted, Judge Kinkeade also issued detailed discovery deadlines regarding deposition protocol, protocol for selection and conducting of bellwether trials, expert designations, and motion practice.
Hip Replacement Litigation Against DePuy Continues
In addition to actively filing DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits, the DePuy hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are also filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been implanted with metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement systems, also manufactured by DePuy, in 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. The hip replacement lawsuits allege that the ASR hip replacement systems and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems were defectively designed.
Those who received a DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system and have experienced hip replacement pain or had to undergo revision surgery may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more about the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement litigation by visiting our website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/depuy-pinnacle-hip-replacement/. For more information, contact a DePuy hip lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.
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