DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit Jurors Can Be Told of Other Claims Pending in Federal Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

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The Firm is representing numerous plaintiffs in DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits, all of whom were allegedly injured by a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System

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Our Firm is representing numerous DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit plaintiffs in this proceeding. We are monitoring this trial with great interest, as it could provide insight into the outcome of other Pinnacle trials involving similar allegations.

Jurors weighing arguments in the first federal trial of a DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit ( can be told about other claims pending in the federal multidistrict litigation underway in Texas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to court records from September 29th, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas ruled that DePuy Orthopaedics had paved the way for mention of the other lawsuit after it characterized the case currently at trial as an “outlier.” Among other things, Judge Kinkeade noted that DePuy continued to use that characterization despite a warning that followed its opening statements, and that the plaintiff would now need to defend against it.

“Our Firm is representing numerous DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit plaintiffs in this proceeding. We are monitoring this trial with great interest, as it could provide insight into the outcome of other Pinnacle trials involving similar allegations,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to individuals who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.

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Court documents indicate that more than 6,800 claims are now pending in the Northern District of Texas, all of which allege injury due to a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that utilizes the Ultamet liner. The lawsuit currently at trial was filed on behalf of a 58-year-old Montana woman who underwent revision surgery within two years of receiving two all-metal Pinnacle hips. Among other things, she alleges that exposure to metal debris shed from the implants caused the Plaintiff to suffer a range of serious complications, including cobalt blood serum levels 85 times higher than normal. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)

In May 2013, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit disclosed that they would stop selling metal-on-metal hip implants, including the all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement that is at the center of this litigation. While the companies have asserted that the move was driven by commercial concerns rather than safety issues, their announcement followed an alert published by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2013, which warned that metal-on-metal hips were more likely to fail early than those made of other materials.*

Individuals who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about filing a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. To arrange for a free, no obligation review of your case, please call 800-511-5092 today.

*, Bloomberg News, May 17, 2013

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