Update: DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Update

August 17, 2012

In addition to the ongoing litigation over its recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip, DePuy Orthopaedics faces additional lawsuits arising out of its Pinnacle® hip system. The DePuy Pinnacle® hip has multiple different liner options which allow for a number of different bearing-surface combinations: ceramic-on-polyethylene, metal-on-polyethylene, ceramic-on-ceramic, metal-on-metal or ceramic-on-metal. Lawsuits involving Pinnacle® implants claim that the implant caused injury, including early implant failure and metalosis.

Cases filed in federal court involving the DePuy Pinnacle® have been consolidated and centralized in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) being heard in the Northern District of Texas. As of July 10, 2012, there were over 1,400 DePuy Pinnacle® hip lawsuits pending in this MDL. The first bellwether trial, which is like a test case, is expected to be tried before a jury in Fall 2014.

We currently are litigating claims involving Pinnacle® hip systems with metal-on-metal and polyethylene-on-metal bearing surfaces where our clients have sustained injuries such as metalosis, tissue necrosis, and loosening of the components. If you or a loved one believe you may have received a DePuy Pinnacle® hip implant and are experiencing problems with it, please feel free to contact our offices at 1-800-553-9910.

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Holly H. Dolejsi


Deputy Chair, Mass Tort, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Groups
Pronouns: she/her

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