In order for the bellwether trials to be meaningful, the rest of the cases have to be put on hold for a bit.
(PRWEB) October 10, 2013
A federal judge has issued an order staying several DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits, pending the completion of bellwether trials scheduled to begin in September 2014, according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which maintains the hip implant informational website http://www.pinnaclelawyer.com, offers its opinion of the effect this will have on those looking to file Pinnacle hip lawsuits.
Judge Ed Kinkeade, who issued the order, is overseeing the consolidation of federal Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip cases in what is called a “multidistrict litigation.” There are currently almost 5,000 lawsuits pending, according to court documents (In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; MDL-2244, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas).
“This is standard operating procedure,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “In order for the bellwether trials to be meaningful, the rest of the cases have to be put on hold for a bit. When the bellwethers have been tried—or settled‚ and everyone can see which way the wind is blowing, so to speak, then all the other cases can proceed.”
Among the Pinnacle hip implant side effects alleged is friction between metal components, causing metal poisoning, or “metallosis,” according to the FDA.* Small cobalt and chromium ions can break off into the patient’s bloodstream and cause neurological problems and other problems. The devices could also become loose much earlier than intended, the FDA communication said.
Recently, DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, was said to be considering the settling of lawsuits involving another product, the metal-on-metal ASR, for about $3 billion, according to Bloomberg.** In 2010 Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 metal-on-metal hip implants worldwide, about 33,000 of those in the United States.
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP encourages those who believe they have suffered from the Pinnacle’s alleged side effects to visit the firm’s website to download a free informational brochure to learn more about Pinnacle lawsuits and side effects, and how to contact an attorney for a free consultation.
**bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/j-j-said-to-weigh-3-billion-settlement-of-its-hip-implant-cases.html (Aug. 21, 2013)
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