Rottenstein Law Group Looking Forward to Prompt Formation of Leadership Committees in Federal Multidistrict Litigation of DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits
(New York, NY, August 15, 2011) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from surgical implantations of hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is anticipating the prompt formation of leadership committees in the consolidated federal lawsuits against those companies.
On August 9, a conference in In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (case no. 3:2011md02244) was held before Judge James E. Kinkeade of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Judge Kinkeade described his intended process for organizing plaintiffs’ leadership committees and requested written submissions on the organizational structure in the next 30 days.
By order dated May 23, 2011, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation had ordered that federal actions against defendants DePuy and Johnson & Johnson concerning the Pinnacle hip replacement system be consolidated before Judge Kinkeade.
Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) is an option that allows for greater efficiency when handling numerous lawsuits by different plaintiffs against one defendant or a common group of defendants. Unlike a class action lawsuit, MDL does not distribute equal damages to all parties involved; instead, it consolidates all pre-trial disclosures and eliminates inconsistent pre-trial rulings by multiple judges. In effect, MDL speeds up the litigation process for all involved, and gives plaintiffs the ability to maintain their individual lawsuits to take their cases to trial separately if they choose to do so. Products liability cases are often good candidates for MDL because they usually involve a large number of plaintiffs who have experienced similar injuries from a particular product.
The Rottenstein Law Group is advising anyone with a friend or relative who has undergone a hip replacement procedure to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer. The Rottenstein Law Group lawyers have a total of more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence of powerful corporations. Affected individuals can also stay apprised of the latest developments in the DePuy Pinnacle situation by visiting the DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Information Center. Updates will be posted as they become available. The site is equipped with easy-to-use social media features which will enable users to spread the word.
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