DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits are moving forward in California state court. According to court records, all current and future Pinnacle hip cases filed in California will now be part of a single consolidated docket in Superior Court in San Francisco. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer, who is overseeing the state’s consolidated docket for DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits, will also head up the DePuy Pinnacle litigation.

All of the lawsuits pending in California involve a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System that utilizes the metal Ultamet liner. The DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits allege that this all-metal device suffers from a design defect similar to the one that prompted the 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall, and assert the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip should have been recalled as well. According to the complaints, friction between the Pinnacle’s metal components can cause the implant to shed microscopic particles of metal into surrounding tissue, leading to pain, swelling, infection, metallosis, premature device failure, and the accumulation of dangerous levels of toxic chromium and cobalt ions in the blood stream.

California plaintiffs had filed a petition with the state’s Judicial Council in 2011 seeking consolidation of DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits, asserting there would ultimately be “dozens, and likely hundreds” of similar cases filed in the state. Judge Kramer had recommended the consolidation in September, and he was appointed to oversee the coordinated Pinnacle proceedings on October 9th. On October 14th, Judge Kramer granted DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.’s First Petition for Coordination of Add-On Cases, which identified the first 14 DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits to be transferred to the consolidated docket. Judge Kramer has also scheduled the Pinnacle litigation’s first status conference for November 30th.

According to a report published by Reuters in July, at least 1,600 DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits have been filed in courts throughout the U.S. Most of those are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (MDL 2244).

The metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is just one of several all-metal hip replacement devices named in lawsuits around the country. A number of studies have shown metal-on-metal hip implants may shed dangerous amounts of metal ions into patients’ tissue and blood streams. Over time, this can lead to metallosis, which can result in significant tissue and bone loss, as well as cardiovascular, neurological, renal and thyroid problems down the road.

If you or someone you love experienced pain, infection, metallosis or any other problem that may have been caused by a metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn how to protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to file a DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call today for your free case review: (877) 779-1414.

Published November 5, 2012 by