The National Law Journal is reporting that the first federal trial involving DePuy Orthopaedic Inc.’s metal-on-metal hip implant devices is set to begin on September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first of nearly 8,000 cases currently being coordinated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) before Judge David Katz.
This first case involves a woman who claims she had to remove her DePuy ASR XL hip implant after her hip dislocated. In general, Plaintiffs are alleging that DePuy’s metal-on-metal ASR XL hip implants prematurely fail and require replacement. Many implants have failed within 5 years of the original surgery.
MDLs are centralized locations for all federal cases involving a particular form of litigation, such as a drug or medical device, regardless of the jurisdiction in which any individual case was originally filed. The purpose is to make litigation easier and more efficient for all parties, especially plaintiffs who can pool their resources and cooperate when suing large corporations.
If you or a loved one has had hip replacement surgery and experienced complications or have had to undergo revision surgery as a result of a faulty DePuy ASR XL hip implant or any other hip or knee replacement devise, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Lopez McHugh for a free case evaluation.