DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits: First State Trial Set to Begin, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Continues to Investigate Lawsuits Stemming from DePuy ASR Hip Recall
The first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit is scheduled for trial on January 7th in Maryland State Court, while bellwether trials in the federal DePuy ASR hip litigation will commence later this year.
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 04, 2013
DePuy ASR hip lawsuits continue to move forward in state and federal courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. The first trial in the nation is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 7, 2012, in Prince George's Maryland Circuit Court. The trial is expected to last three weeks, according to court documents. (Jackson, et al. v. Chesapeake Surgical Ltd., et al., CAL 10-32147)
Thousands of DePuy ASR hip lawsuits are also pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. According to court documents, the first trial in the federal DePuy ASR hip litigation will begin on May 6, 2013, with a second trial set for July 8, 2013. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197).
“We continue to hear from alleged victims of the 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall, and are pleased that juries will begin hearing these claims this year,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing claims in the federal DePuy ASR hip litigation, and continues to offer free legal evaluations to anyone who may have been injured by these hip replacement devices.
DePuy ASR Hip Recall
In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled the DePuy ASR metal hip system, after data revealed the devices had an unacceptably high failure rate. According to the company, some 93,000 units were sold globally before the recall was issued*.
Since the announcement of the DePuy ASR hip recall, the entire class of metal-on-metal hip implants has come under scrutiny. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants, and has directed the manufacturers of these devices to conduct post-market safety studies to help it better understand their safety issues. According to the agency, the metal components of the hip implant may rub together, with the resulting friction causing metal debris to enter the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. Many recipients of metal hip implants end up with dangerous levels of cobalt and chromium in their body. **
Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit are involved in a second multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, involving a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to court documents, the first trial in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation is scheduled for September 2014. Bernstein Liebhard LLP Partner, Jeffrey Grand, serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone allegedly injured as a result of a metal-on-metal hip implant, including the DePuy ASR hip and the all-metal Pinnacle device. Individuals who have endured hip implant failures, metallosis, pain, or revision surgery due to one of these devices may be entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information regarding the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants is available on Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. For more information about DePuy hip implant lawsuits, please contact one of our attorneys by calling 877-779-1414.
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