Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a New York law firm nationally recognized for its consumer protection and mass tort practices, reports that the Honorable James E. Kinkeade, who is overseeing In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), has recently issued three new orders that will impact the discovery phase of the federal DePuy litigation. The DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement federal lawsuits have been consolidated and are currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. These recent orders address: (1) the designation of documents, material, or information as confidential; (2) the remand of an action filed by a plaintiff who had a DePuy ASR hip implant device, rather than a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement; and (3) the protocol for the production of documents between plaintiffs and defendants. The orders targeting the exchange and protection of documents will serve to expedite the discovery phase of the DePuy Pinnacle litigation. Further, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports that as of March 31, 2012, there are more than 1,100 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits pending in the consolidated federal litigation before Judge Kinkeade.

Previously, on January 9, 2012 Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand was named by Judge Kinkeade to both the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and the Discovery Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation.

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

In addition to actively filing hip replacement lawsuits on behalf of individuals in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is 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.

Since Johnson & Johnson recalled the ASR hip implants in August 2010, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has provided a wealth of consumer information concerning the recalled hip replacement systems on its website, Those who received either a DePuy ASR hip implant or a 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 lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at

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