On February 8, 2012, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) ordered that all federal Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits be transferred to one judge for centralized pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The Honorable William J. Duffey, Jr. will preside over the newly formed multidistrict litigation, In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2329”). According to the order, the JMPL consolidated the Wright Medical hip lawsuits because most of “plaintiffs’ claims focus upon the metal-on-metal design of the Conserve products and the alleged propensity of the devices to generate high levels of metal debris, cause metallosis in the surrounding tissue and/or fail early (including loosening of the acetabular cup).” Moreover, the JMPL noted that because the “actions share factual questions concerning design, manufacture, marketing and performance of Wright’s Conserve line of hip implant products,” consolidation is warranted.

This is the third time that the JPML has ordered that federal lawsuits involving metal-on-metal hip systems be consolidated and centralized. Currently, DePuy Orthopeadics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is defending lawsuits alleging that its ASR hip replacement and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems were defectively designed in the following actions: 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; and In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Similar to the Wright Conserve hip litigation, the DePuy litigations allege that the ASR hip replacement and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems were defectively designed.

The DePuy hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing cases on behalf of individuals who have been implanted with either or both types of artificial metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy and are currently offering free and confidential consultations to anyone who was implanted with a Wright Conserve metal-on-metal hip system.

Those who received a Wright Conserve 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 hip replacement lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at info@consumerinjurylawyers.com.

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