To that end, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) recently announced the transfer of lawsuits pertaining to DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement to the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Judge James E. Kinkeade will preside.
"On the basis of the papers filed and the hearing session held," states the MDL Order, "we find that…centralization under Section 1407 will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation."
Black, in his role as adviser to DePuy, accurately predicted what many patients have come to experience: tissue and muscle damage, fluid buildup and tumor growth, and metallic toxicity in the bloodstream.
He predicts that the metal-on-metal hip lawsuits against all manufacturers (including DePuy Orthopaedics) will wind up as the largest product liability case this decade.
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His switch to all-metal hips began on a positive note. However, after performing about 40 Pinnacle hip replacement implants in about a year, patients began complaining. One patient, according to Littlejohn, encountered a buildup of grey-colored fluid around her hip. "It has not been fun," Littlejohn said.