Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Progress in Texas DePuy Pinnacle MDL (multidisctirct litigation)

Tracy Ray | May 17th, 2012 | Posted in Depuy Hip Recall News

Preliminary procedures are on track in the pending DePuy Pinnacle hip MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. On April 25, 2012, the judge overseeing the MDL, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, held a meeting with each side’s Pinnacle hip lawyer regarding the most expedient way to manage the more than 1,000 lawsuits in the MDL. After the meeting, they stated that they expected to be able to announce a case management process within six weeks.
Once that process is established, the next step will be to choose representative lawsuits for bellwether trials. These are trials of typical lawsuits in the MDL to ascertain how a jury is likely to respond to evidence that is common to all the cases. A DePuy hip lawyer can then use that knowledge to negotiate a settlement or to plan strategy for future lawsuits. The verdicts in the bellwether trials can also be used as precedents for future cases.

Plaintiffs claim complications from Pinnacle hip

The plaintiffs who filed these lawsuits typically claim to have suffered complications common to metal hip implants: implant loosening, pain, stiffness, immobility, and metallosis. These side effects result when the friction of metal on metal causes metal debris to rub off. If metal debris gets into the bloodstream, metallosis can result, which can ultimately lead to kidney or liver damage. Meanwhile, as the metal joins wear down, they no longer fit properly and become loose, causing pain and difficulty moving. In many cases, revision surgery is required to repair or replace the implant.

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