DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits Centralized in New Jersey State Court
On April 12, 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order centralizing all pending and future DePuy ASR hip lawsuits filed in the state of New Jersey. These DePuy ASR hip lawsuits will be coordinated for discovery purposes in Bergen County and assigned to the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti. Judge Martinotti will oversee the centralized management of the DePuy ASR hip lawsuits as well as trial issues stemming from the litigation over the hip replacement implants. Although the New Jersey Supreme Court decided to centralize all pending and future DePuy ASR hip lawsuits, it did not grant these cases “mass tort” status. On May 10, 2011, an initial status conference will be held for all parties involved in the New Jersey DePuy ASR hip lawsuits. During this conference, Judge Martinotti will discuss the status of the discovery process. It is expected that the New Jersey DePuy ASR hip lawsuits will be coordinated with pending federal DePuy ASR hip lawsuits and several DePuy ASR hip lawsuits underway in California state court. The purpose of coordinating and centralizing the management of the litigation is to avoid duplicative discovery, inconsistent rulings and promote judicial efficiency.
Allegations in DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits
Plaintiffs who have filed DePuy ASR hip lawsuits allege that the hip replacement implants were defectively designed, putting them at an increased risk of hip replacement failure and metallosis. Metal poisoning occurs when tiny metal particles detach from the hip replacement implant and enter the bloodstream. In addition to the DePuy ASR hip lawsuits pending in New Jersey, cases filed in federal courts nationwide have been consolidated as part of a federal multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Judge David A. Katz is responsible for overseeing the federal DePuy ASR hip lawsuits.
DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has experienced any problems as a result of a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential DePuy ASR hip replacement implant lawsuit evaluation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our DePuy ASR hip replacement implant injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.