DePuy Pinnacle Hip Bellwether Trials Set to Resume in 2015, Says

HOUSTON, March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MT Services LLC, a Lawsuit Settlement News Reporting Company which operates, announced today that a recent announcement was made stating that more bellwether trials are set to take place in 2015 over J&J DePuy's Pinnacle hips. The federal litigation was established in the Northern District of Texas U.S. District Court and according to a court order from February 18th, 10 cases were selected as potential bellwether candidates (DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244).The court overseeing the DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation docket has designated 10 cases to be prepared for trial in 2015, four months after jurors reached a defense verdict in the first Pinnacle Hip Implant case to go to trial in late 2014. In the Feb. 18 order signed by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, the ten cases on the list to be prepared for trial are: Aoki (Cause No. 3:13-cv-01071-K), Borel (Cause No. 3:14-cv-00441-K), Brown (Cause No. 3:12-cv-02780-K), Christopher (Cause No. 3:14-cv-01994-K), Greer (Cause No. 3:12-cv-01672-K), Klussmann (Cause No. 3:11-cv-02800-K), O'Neill (Cause No. 3:12-cv-03027-K), Peterson (Cause No. 3:11-cv-01941-K), Ryan (Cause No. 3:13-cv-02195-K), and Thibodeau (Cause No. 3:13-cv-01027-K) in Case 3:11-md-02244-K. Johnson and Johnson continues to stand by and defend the Pinnacle hip, unlike their recent $2.5Bil settlement of the ASR hip. The upcoming bellwether trials will be a key indicator in the direction of this litigation to show if J&J will continue to fight liability on the filed cases at hand or settle like they did in the ASR litigation.


According to MTS' sources closely monitoring the litigation, J&J hasn't discussed settlement figures or possible settlement amounts regarding the Pinnacle hip, based on their belief that reports on the hip have been positive in relation to the default rates. J&J has not recalled the Pinnacle hip and they continue to sell the product due to their belief that the product is safe. However, the Pinnacle hip is designed similarly to the ASR hip, which causes metallosis (metal blood poisoning), and legal experts indicate that the Pinnacle hip data, despite it being better than ASR, still shows default rates that are not consistent with a safe product. In the upcoming months, the trials will begin in front of several juries to determine if the Pinnacle hip has caused severe damage to plaintiffs resulting in pain and suffering worth damages similar to the $250K base award settlement value in the ASR litigation.

Chris Janish, CEO of MTS, commented on the recent news regarding the Pinnacle hip litigation, "With DePuy winning the first bellwether trial in Texas, the next set of trials are key to the way this litigation will move. It is clear that hips with metal components that have caused metallosis and required revision surgery in past litigations have yielded settlement values of approximately $200K or more. However, that still remains in question with the DePuy Pinnacle litigation at this time."

MTS is ready to assist those who need lawsuit help with finding a qualified Pinnacle hip law firm or Pinnacle hip lawyer to provide a free evaluation on their specific case. Patients who have had an implant of a metal-on-metal hip and have been experiencing pain, high chromium and cobalt levels, and/or need a revision surgery could be in-line to receive up to $250K in compensation or more. To learn more about MTS' services involving the Pinnacle hip litigation or other hip litigations, including DePuy ASR, Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II, Wright Profemur or Conserve hip implants, Zimmer hip, or Biomet hips,please visit:

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