Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit
The DePuy Pinnacle Cup System has been named in in a significant number of adverse events reports filed with the FDA. Recipients of the device suffer from similar hip complications that affect the DePuy ASR, a similar model that was recalled by the FDA in August 2010.
Today, hundreds of DePuy ASR lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court, with new plaintiffs joining the litigation every week. It remains to be seen whether the recently consolidated Pinnacle lawsuits will ever reach a similar magnitude. However, hip recipients have already filed Pinnacle lawsuits in the United States.
JPML consolidates DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits
In March, a motion was filed to consolidate the Pinnacle lawsuits. In May, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard arguments from DePuy hip lawyers in favor of and against the consolidation of federal Pinnacle lawsuits.
The panel ultimately approved of creating a separately consolidated DePuy Pinnacle hip litigation in addition to the federal DePuy ASR multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently set in the Northern District of Ohio. The Depuy Pinnacle MDL is now set in the Northern District of Texas.
Multidistrict litigation is a legal process similar to class action in which cases are redirected to one district during the complicated pretrial discovery phase. The aim of MDL is to maximize judicial efficiency by minimizing duplicative efforts and reducing costs.
Pinnacle hip recipients may be eligible to settle claims against DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The orthopedic device manufacturer has reportedly set aside a significant settlement fund to address the mounting litigation related to both hip replacement systems.