Federal Court’s Selection of DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits as Potential Bellwether Candidates Prompts Comment From Bernstein Liebhard LLP

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The Firm is representing hundreds of clients in DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits that are currently pending in the federal litigation, and the outcomes of bellwether trials could portend jury decisions in similar claims.

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As we are representing hundreds of plaintiffs who have filed DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in the federal litigation, we are pleased that the Court is preparing to convene additional trials.

The federal litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas for DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/depuy-pinnacle/lawsuit) is preparing for additional bellwether trials, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order dated February 18, 2015, the Court selected 10 cases as potential bellwether candidates, and has directed that they be prepared for trial. The Order also directs the parties to meet and confer with the litigation’s Special Master as to trial dates, and stipulates that all other DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits pending in the proceeding will remain stayed pending further order of the Court, and following the completion of bellwether trials. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)

“Bellwether trials are an important milestone in any multidistrict litigation, and are intended to provide insight into how juries might rule in similar claims. As we are representing hundreds of plaintiffs who have filed DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in the federal litigation, we are pleased that the Court is preparing to convene additional trials,” 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 this metal-on-metal hip implant.

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Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is currently serving on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the federal Pinnacle hip litigation, where court documents indicate that more than 7,200 claims have been filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious complications due to a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip system. Court filings indicate that the litigation’s first bellwether trial concluded in October 2014 in favor of the defense. (Case No. 11-cv-3590)

According to court documents, all of the claims currently pending in the Northern District of Texas similarly allege that a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that utilizes the Ultamet liner is prone to early failure and other debilitating complications, due to its propensity to shed dangerous amounts of microscopic metal debris into recipients’ blood stream and surrounding tissue. Plaintiffs further assert that the all-metal Pinnacle shares certain design flaws with the devices included in DePuy Orthopeadics 2010 DePuy’s ASR hip recall, and question whether or not the Pinnacle device should have been recalled as well.

Alleged victims of metallosis, pseudotumor formation, and other complications related to the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. To learn more about filing a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For a free and confidential evaluation of your case, call 800-511-5092 today.

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. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3 billion on behalf of our clients. 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 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.

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