Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports that on April 5, 2012, the Honorable James E. Kinkeade, who is overseeing In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, issued an order scheduling a conference with a committee of lawyers appointed by the court to help coordinate the litigation. The status conference is set for April 25, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1625, Dallas, Texas. Previously, on April 2, 2012, a Master Case List was entered by the court, detailing the case numbers, filing dates, and transferor districts of the Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits pending before Judge Kinkeade. According to the Master Case List, as of March 31, 2012, there were more than 1,100 DePuy hip replacement lawsuits before Judge Kinkeade in the DePuy Pinnacle MDL.

Directions For Counsel Set Out In DePuy Pinnacle MDL Order

In preparation for the conference, the April 5, 2012 order directed the parties to confer with the Special Master within 7 days of its filing in order to begin working on the following matters: (1) input for a Case Management Order to establish a firm schedule for the parties to follow during the pendency of the litigation; (2) analysis of creating separate tracks for different configurations of the Pinnacle-brand device within the DePuy Pinnacle MDL; (3) guidelines for plaintiffs’ attorneys regarding credit for work completed for the common-benefit of all plaintiffs in the DePuy Pinnacle MDL; (4) agreements for a long-form and short-form complaint procedure; (5) a standardized fact sheet to be completed by plaintiffs; (6) protocol for joint production of ASR and Pinnacle documents, designation of privileged documents, and a procedure for challenging privilege designations; and (7) coordination with state MDL proceedings.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP Continues To File Hip Replacement Lawsuits In DePuy Pinnacle MDL

In addition to actively filing hip replacement lawsuits on behalf of individuals in the DePuy Pinnacle 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 ASR hip replacement systems, also manufactured by DePuy, in In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The hip replacement lawsuits allege that the ASR hip replacement and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems were defectively designed.

Those who received a DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system 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. For more information about filing a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at

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