Federal Judge Schedules DePuy ASR MDL Status Conference For May 1, 2012
Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports that on April 10, 2012, the Honorable David A. Katz, who is overseeing In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, issued an order scheduling a status conference with a committee of lawyers appointed by the court to help coordinate the litigation.* The status conference is set for May 1, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and United States Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. Subsequently, an open court conference will commence at 12:30 p.m. on that same day.
Bellwether Trials For Hip Replacement Lawsuits In DePuy ASR MDL On Horizon
On March 5, 2012, Judge Katz vacated a DePuy ASR MDL status conference scheduled for March 15, 2012.** According to the order, the conference was vacated because “discovery is proceeding apace which negates the necessity.” In lieu of the meeting, Judge Katz held a telephonic status conference on March 15, 2012. Given that discovery is moving without delay, during the telephonic status conference, Judge Katz requested that lead counsel meet and confer to discuss the issue of bellwether trials for the initial group of hip replacement lawsuits. The purpose of “bellwether” trials is to try cases that are representative of plaintiffs’ claims generally and to determine the strength of plaintiffs’ claims and the extent of defendants’ potential liability. Judge Katz ordered lead counsel to submit a joint proposal of competing bellwether trial selection protocols by April 27, 2012. In the interim, key witnesses in the DePuy ASR MDL continue to be deposed.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP Continues To File Hip Replacement Lawsuits In DePuy ASR MDL
In addition to actively filing hip replacement lawsuits on behalf of individuals in the DePuy ASR MDL, the DePuy hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are also filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been implanted with metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems, also manufactured by DePuy, in In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The hip replacement lawsuits allege that the ASR hip replacement and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems were defectively designed.
Since Johnson & Johnson recalled the ASR hip implants in August 2010, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has provided a wealth of consumer information concerning the ASR hip systems on its website, www.consumerinjurylawyers.com. Those who received a DePuy ASR hip implant and have experienced hip replacement pain or had to undergo revision surgery may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.
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