Deadlines Scheduled in DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Litigation

Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that they suffered injuries due to the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. The suit alleges that the metal-on-metal design is defective, increasing the risk of metal poisoning and other injuries.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs and medical devices, comments on an update in the litigation over the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant. According to an electronic filing entered on September 7, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, parties must identify each witness they intend to call by September 12, 2016. By this time, they must also have information about the estimated length of testimony and whether or not the testimony will be live or via deposition. By September 16, 2016, the parties must identify their trial exhibits. Motions in limine must be filed by September 16, 2016. A Pretrial Conference before Judge Ed Kinkeade is scheduled for September 20, 2016. The case is Rodriguez v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. (Case 3:13-cv-03938-K). The plaintiff is being represented by Parker Waichman and other distinguished law firms.

Plaintiffs in the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant litigation allege that the metal-on-metal hip implant is defective and caused injuries such as metal poisoning (metallosis), dislocations, fracture, difficulty walking, bone erosion, pseudotumors, and other complications. The plaintiffs allege that the metal-on-metal design of the hip implant releases metal debris into the body when the surfaces of the implant rub together. DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson are accused of failing to warn about the risks.

Plaintiffs in the litigation also allege that DePuy hid the risks associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. When all-metal hip devices were first introduced, they were marketed toward younger, more active patients. However, the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants has come under increasing scrutiny in light of high-profile recalls and thousands of lawsuits. In August 2010, DePuy recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip implant due to a high rate of failure. When complications force patients to undergo a surgery to remove the implant, it is referred to as a revision surgery. The alleged problem with metal-on-metal hip implants is that they have a much higher rate of revision, and the implant failure occurs much sooner than anticipated.

Earlier this year, a Texas jury awarded nearly $500 million to five plaintiffs who filed lawsuits over the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. The awarded consisted of $130 million in compensatory damages and $360 million in punitive damages.

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