The first of more than 6,000 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit filings is headed for trial today in Texas, where a federal jury is prepared to weigh arguments over the metal hip replacement, Bloomberg.com reports.

As of September 2nd, the federal litigation’s first hearing was underway in Dallas, after the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary set aside $2.5 billion last year to settle another batch of lawsuits over its metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement, which was recalled in August 2010 for its potential to fail early in recipients. The hearing that began today involves a version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement that includes a metal Ultamet liner, which allegedly resulted in an infection caused by its cobalt-and-chromium composition.  According to claims, this dangerous complication allegedly resulted in the need for surgical removal.

When federal court records were last updated on August 15th, a total of 6,212 DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits had been filed in the consolidated litigation now pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. Plaintiffs in these cases allege injuries that range from pain and swelling to symptoms associated with metallosis (metal ion poisoning).

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Trial Could Serve as Benchmark for Future Hearings

A product-liability law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia told Bloomberg the outcome of this hearing may impact future cases in the federal litigation. “The first trials in any of these consolidated litigations set the tone for the following cases,” he said. “If J&J loses the first couple of these Pinnacle trials, they better start seriously thinking about coming up with a settlement similar to what they signed off on for the ASR hips.”

In May 2013, DePuy Orthopaedics announced its decision to cease sales of some hip replacents, including the metal version of the Pinnacle. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that previous January of the potential for metal hip replacements to fail early, compared to those comprised of other materials. The agency further announced that it was considering new regulations regarding the approval of all-metal implants.

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If you suffered pain, swelling, metallosis and other complications allegedly caused by the all-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip, call our Firm today to file a claim: (877) 779-1414.

Published September 2, 2014 by