Federal MDL Panel Grants Lanier Motion For National Coordination of Depuy/J&J Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits

HOUSTON – The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has granted The Lanier Law Firm’s motion for national coordination of all federal Depuy/J&J Pinnacle® hip device lawsuits in In Re: DePuy/J&J Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability LitigationMDL No. 2244.

The MDL panel on May 23, 2011, ordered that all federal DePuy/J&J Pinnacle® Hip Implant lawsuits be consolidated before Judge James E. Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

“With the court ordering this national coordination, our clients’ cases will proceed quicker and more efficiently,” says The Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier. “These patients have suffered enough already, and we look forward to getting to the bottom of DePuy/J&J’s problems.”

The DePuy/J&J Pinnacle® MDL follows the national coordination of litigation involving DePuy/J&J’s ASR™ Hip System and the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, which were recalled in August 2010. Like the ASR devices, the DePuy/J&J Pinnacle® hip implant utilizes a metal-on-metal design that causes millions of metal particles, ions and debris to shed into a patient’s body, resulting in extensive necrosis and tissue damage, pain and discomfort, dislocations, and overall hip implant failure which increases the likelihood of revision(s).

A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), DePuy/J&J has sold more than 150,000 Pinnacle® hip implant devices. The company faces thousands of lawsuits from patients across the country as its hip implants have been associated with a high failure rate and often require additional surgeries and treatment.

Mr. Lanier leads a group of attorneys from The Lanier Law Firm representing more than 100 Depuy/J&J hip implant patients across the country. Visit lanierlawfirm.com for the latest news and updates regarding its litigation Johnson & Johnson and DePuy/J&J Orthopaedics.