Discovery Stay Lifted in State DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawsuits
A discovery stay has been lifted in the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit in state courts, to allow counsel to participate in the depositions of the federal Pinnacle hip replacement MDL. These DePuy hip replacement lawsuits are filed by recipients of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant who suffered injuries such as pain and inflammation, difficulty moving, metal poisoning and ultimately hip replacement failure, often requiring revision surgery.
Judge Richard A. Kramer lifted the stay in San Francisco Superior Court. The judge said that order was solely for facilitating depositions in the federal MDL, and that “discovery for any other purpose shall remain subject to the stay.” Federal DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits are underway before Judge James Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Over 3,000 DePuy hip replacement lawsuits have been filed over the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant, alleging that the manufacturer of the artificial hips failed to warn recipients about its potential dangers.
DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits Continue to Be Filed by Recipients of Faulty Hips
The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant was a predecessor to the DePuy ASR hip implant, which Johnson & Johnson recalled in August 2010 after finding that the devices had alarmingly high failure rates. The company now estimates that almost 40 percent of ASR hip replacements will fail within five years. Both the Pinnacle hip replacement and the ASR were approved through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) process, allowing them to bypass premarket safety tests.
Growing concerns about the dangers of metal-on-metal hips have made the FDA reevaluate the devices and issue numerous warnings. The agency has issued a proposal to require hip replacement manufacturers to submit premarket approval applications in the future, instead of allowing them to go through the 510(k) program.
If you received a DePuy hip replacement such as the ASR or the Pinnacle hip implant, consider joining the growing litigation against the manufacturer of the device. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Speak to a DePuy hip recall lawyer at our firm today. Call (877) 779-1414 for a free case review.