DePuy Pinnacle MDL: Federal Lawsuits Consolidated in Texas
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced that it would consolidate all federal cases alleging injuries from the DePuy Pinnacle hip device in the U.S. District Court for Northern Texas. Judge James Kinkeade has been selected to oversee the consolidated cases, which includes at least 57 actions filed against DePuy Orthopaedics. Future cases filed in federal court, or removed to federal court, will be transferred to the district court in Texas. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation concluded:
The actions share factual questions as to whether DePuy's Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, a device used in hip replacement surgery, was defectively designed and/or manufacturer, and whether defendants failed to provide adequate warnings concerning the device. Centralization under Section 1407 will eliminate duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings on discovery and other issues, and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.
Lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics allege that the metal-on-metal hip device can deteriorate over time, releasing metal particles in the bloodstream. This breakdown increases the risk of problems and can lead to early failure, often requiring removal of the device. DePuy Orthopaedics has refused to acknowledge problems with the device and has not yet issued a recall.
The DePuy Pinnacle hip device is similar to the DePuy ASR hip device, which also utilizes a metal-on-metal design. DePuy Orthopaedics warned of dangerous with the ASR device in March 2010 and ultimately issued a recall of the ASR system on August 24, 2010. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation previously consolidated cases involving the DePuy ASR hip device in the Northern District of Ohio.
Our firm represents people throughout the United States harmed by the DePuy Pinnacle and DePuy ASR hip devices.