Sunday, May 29, 2011

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits Consolidated in Texas

exerpts from News Infirno story
http://www.newsinferno.com/defective-medical-devices/depuy/depuy-pinnacle-hip-lawsuits-consolidated-in-texas/

The DePuy Pinnacle is a metal-on-metal hip implant similar in design to the DePuy ASR hip implant, the headline-making device that was recalled last August over unusually high early failure rates. Like the DePuy ASR device, the Pinnacle hip implant is the subject of numerous lawsuits. This week, a federal panel of judges decided to consolidate DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation and transfer them to federal court in Texas.

An increasing number of lawsuits involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant have been filed in recent months, many alleging problems that sound familiar to anyone following DePuy ASR hip implant recalls. Many lawsuits contend the DePuy Pinnacle should have been subject to a recall, much like the one DePuy issued for its ASR hip implant devices last August.

Recently, a motion was filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all pending and future federal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL), and possibly make them a part of the DePuy ASR hip implant litigation that has already been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant litigation has the potential to become just as large as that surrounding the DePuy ASR device.
Now, about 57 product liability lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics over its Pinnacle device have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for Northern Texas for a single MDL. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the cases on the grounds that the grouping involves similar claims

The Pinnacle device was on the market for years prior to DePuy’s ASR implant and the lawsuits allege the increased risk for adverse reactions and that these issues make the Pinnacle likelier to undergo premature failure.

No comments:

Post a Comment