New York, New York (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
The federal court overseeing thousands of DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/ ) in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, continues to prepare for the litigation’s first bellwether trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Motion filed on August 21st, Plaintiffs in the cases scheduled for trial are seeking to have the proceeding take place in two stages, the first of which would involve liability for compensatory damages, and a second which would involve the determination of punitive damages if the jury feels they are warranted. The document asserts that separating the compensatory and punitive stages would eliminate the need to present unnecessary evidence, and “promote convenience and judicial efficiency.” (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm is representing numerous DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit plaintiffs in this multidistrict litigation, and we are eagerly awaiting the start of its first trial. Bellwether trials are used in large proceedings such as this to gauge how juries might rule in lawsuits involving similar allegations,” said 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 a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Litigation
According to court records, more than 6,400 Pinnacle hip lawsuits are now pending in the litigation underway in the Northern District of Texas, all of which allege that a metal-on-metal version of the hip replacement system caused plaintiffs to suffer serious complications, including metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and premature device failure. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for this proceeding.
Court documents indicate that the litigation’s first trial will begin on September 1st. The trial will involve two DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits filed on behalf of Montana residents who underwent revision of their hip replacement after allegedly developing pain, metallosis, and elevated blood serum levels of chromium and cobalt.
In May 2013, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics announced that they would cease the sale of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the device involved in Pinnacle hip lawsuits.* The companies’ announcement followed an alert issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January of that year that warned metal-on-metal hips were more likely to fail early than those made of other materials. The agency also disclosed that it was considering new rules that would subject all-metal hips to greater regulatory scrutiny.
Alleged victims of serious complications related to the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation. 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.com/news/2013-05-16/j-j-will-stop-sales-of-metal-on-metal-hip-replacements.html, Bloomberg.com, May 17, 2013
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