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24 May 2013

The firm is actively filing DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered metallosis, premature device failure and other serious complications related to the metal-on-metal hip implant.

(PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Pretrial proceedings for federal DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits are progressing. On May 15 a judge for the Pinnacle multidistrict litigation ordered Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit to produce monitoring reports related to a federal investigation into the company’s medical device sales practices, according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, a DePuy Pinnacle law firm, maintains, which has more information on the metal-on-metal hip implant and how to file a lawsuit if appropriate.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers filed the motion to compel the release of the monitoring reports for use in the lawsuits pending in federal courts, according to court documents (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation; MDL-2244, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas). A 2007 agreement and the monitoring reports were the result of a U.S. Attorney’s office’s criminal investigation into allegations that DePuy offered kickbacks to surgeons to use its hip replacement products.

Read more: DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Update: Federal Court Orders DePuy to Produce Data from Sales Practices Investigation, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports

24 Apr 2013

DePuy Orthopaedics, one of the business units of Johnson & Johnson, is now facing about 4,000 DePuy Pinnacle cases filed by men and women who have experienced side effects from their hip implants, news reports say. Even though the expected life span of these hip implants is between 15 to 20 years, there have been some patients who have experienced their implants failing after one to five years. 

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Patients complained of pain, decreased mobility, swelling and metal poisoning from their prostheses. The sheer number of the cases filed against Johnson & Johnson is still unknown because experts believe that it will continue to rise in the coming months. Some were included in the multidistrict litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas headed by Judge Ed Kinkeade.

Read more about it: Number of DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits Climbs to Nearly 4,000

05 Dec 2012

New York, November 20, 2012. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the surgical implantation of hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics and other companies, notes that the number of federal Pinnacle hip device lawsuits has passed 2,500.

A “statistics report” dated November 14, 2012, prepared by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to show the distribution of pending Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) dockets reveals that as of the report date there are 2,682 federal actions now pending and consolidated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (in a matter known as “IN RE: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation,” no. MDL 2244).

According to complaints filed by recipients of DePuy’s Pinnacle hip replacement implants, the devices have loosened prematurely and, like other metal-on-metal hip implants, are releasing potentially toxic particles into patients’ bloodstreams. Pretrial proceedings in MDL 2244 have been progressing apace since the Pinnacle MDL case was created in May 2011, and the first trials of included matters are tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2014. Although the number of lawsuits is regularly increasing, the Pinnacle devices, unlike DePuy’s ASR hip replacements, have not been recalled.

Read full story on Rottenstein Law Group Sees Federal DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits Nearing 3,000

16 Jul 2012

It has been found that certain versions of hip implants, made with a metal ball that fits into a metal socket, such as the DePuy Pinnacle, have been failing at a higher rate than traditional hip implants made of ceramic or plastic parts, medical industry publications report.Typically, most hip implants fracture, loosen, or dislocate over a decade or two due to wear and tear. But many of these metal implants, designed to be more durable than traditional implants, are failing after five years or less.


 According to several reports and FDA findings, there are several problems that can be associated with hip replacement systems. Hip replacement loosening occurs over time, and can cause problems with the normal function of the hip replacement prosthesis. The most common ways the hip replacement is placed in the body is either press-fit into the bone, or cemented into position.Both options are used because they fit tightly into the bone of the thigh (femur) and pelvis so that the implant cannot move.If ever the implant will become loose, the hip replacement can potentially move as well.If this happens the patient usually begin to feel pain.


Unfortunately for those whose hip replacements have become loose, one of the only steps to correct is hip replacement revision surgery. One of the biggest problems patients face when going through revision surgery is that afterwards they usually recover less motion in the joint.Also, the longevity of implant decreases with each revision.  Therefore, physicians tend to avoid joint replacement surgery until absolutely necessary, and try to get as much mileage out of each replacement as possible.


Increasing complaints about metal-on-metal hip implants loosening prematurely has ultimately led the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 to order 21 manufacturers to conduct studies on patients who have received the implants. Among these 21 manufacturers is DePuy and its DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system. The results of these tests will determine what kind of actions the FDA will take on metal-on-metal hip replacements.


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