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DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits May Be Consolidated in California

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DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits continue to be filed in courts around the country. Now, California is considering establishing a consolidated docket for all of the Pinnacle lawsuits pending in state courts there.

Some 1,600 DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits are pending against DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson over an all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip implant system. A multidistrict litigation for all federally filed claims has already been established in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. Plaintiffs who had filed in California state courts had petitioned for a consolidated docket for Pinnacle lawsuits last year. On October 4th, the California Judicial Council ordered a judge in San Francisco to determine if the DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits are complex enough to warrant such a move.

DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits allege the metal-on-metal device can shed dangerous amounts of metal ions into surrounding tissue and the blood stream. This phenomenon can cause metallosis, infection, and early failure of the device. Plaintiffs contend that the all-metal version of the Pinnacle is similar to DePuy’s ASR hip replacement products, which the company recalled in August 2010. As of today, however, a DePuy Pinnacle hip recall has not been issued.

Plaintiffs attorneys active in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation recently told Reuters that it could surpass the litigation over the ASR hip implant.

"At the end of the day we will see a similar occurrence of high metal levels in Pinnacle metal-on-metal recipients as more and more of them get their blood tested. That is certainly what we are seeing in our client population," Felecia Stern, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing alleged victims of the Pinnacle hip implant, told Reuters.

Other attorneys told Reuters that if Pinnacle lawsuits are successful, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson could end up paying $5 billion just to cover the cost of revision surgeries.

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.

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