The lawyers looking to head up the DePuy hip recall litigation are scheduled to meet with the federal judge that is presiding over the recently established mult-dirstrict litigation (MDL) on January 20th. This meeting will allow attorneys that are seeking leadership roles to address the Court.
Last month, a U.S. Judicial Panel ruled to consolidate all federal DePuy hip recall lawsuits before U.S. District Judge David A. Katz in the Northern District of Ohio.
The meeting scheduled for later this month will give both defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys the opportunity to meet Judge Katz for the first time and will likely end with the Judge selecting which attorneys will serve in leadership roles for the each side.
Over 100 DePuy hip recall lawsuits have already been transferred to the MDL Court, and thousands more are expected to be filed or transferred in the coming months.
The claims are being consolidated in an effort to reduce the burden on the court system. All of the cases that have been and will be filed under the MDL will have similar allegations against a common defendant, DePuy Orthopedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson. Many claims will be seeking similar damages resulting similar injuries and much of the same discovery will be applicable to a majority of the claims.
DePuy ASR hip implants were recalled by DePuy last year after it was discovered that the metal on metal implants had an extremely high rate of failure, but most of damage had already been done. Over 90,000 people were implanted with the defective devices between the 2005 launch and the recall some five years later.