Hip & Knee Implant Litigation

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Issue #6, December 2011

3 Conditional Transfer Orders Add 13 Cases to Pinnacle MDL in December

Conditional transfer orders by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation added 13 DePuy Pinnacle hip system cases to the consolidated proceeding pending.

Ill. Federal Court Allows Hip Implant Plaintiffs to Amend Complaint Against Wright

A federal magistrate judge has overruled objections by Wright Medical Technology and allowed a hip implant patient to file an amended complaint alleging negligent misrepresentation and other wrongdoing.

Defendants Answer Complaints in Calif. DePuy ASR Personal Injury Cases

Defendants in California's coordinated DePuy ASR hip implant cases filed short-form answers in December to dozens of cases pending in the San Francisco Superior Court, generally denying allegations made by individual plaintiffs.

Court Remands Pinnacle Case, Finding Schmalzried Wasn't Fraudulently Joined

A federal judge in California has rejected defense assertions that physician-designer Thomas Schmalzried, M.D., was fraudulently joined to defeat diversity and has remanded a DePuy Pinnacle case to state court.

Calif. Federal Judge Cites Judicial Economy in Granting Stay Pending Transfer

A federal judge cited a need to avoid inconsistent decisions in declining to rule on a motion to remand a DePuy Pinnacle hip case and staying proceedings pending transfer to the federal multidistrict litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

NexGen MDL Court Will Revisit Issue of Direct Case Filings

Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer said in a recent order that she will revisit the issue of direct filing of new cases in the Zimmer NexGen MDL at the court's next status conference.

Zimmer Asks for Protective Order for Swiss Documents Sought by Durom Cup Plaintiffs

Zimmer defendants in the Durom Cup MDL have asked a federal magistrate judge to postpone a scheduled discovery conference and allow them to file a motion for a protective order for Swiss corporate documents sought by plaintiffs.

Dispute Over Common Benefit Fund Lingers After Durom Cup Suit Settled

Parties to a Durom Cup personal injury lawsuit filed a Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice with the federal MDL court on Dec. 6, ending a case they previously indicated was settled through mediation.

JPML Withdraws Conditional MDL Assignment of 2 Zimmer 'Natural Knee' Cases

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has vacated transfer orders for two cases in which plaintiffs allege injury from implants of Zimmer "Natural-Knee Flex" systems, finding them unsuitable for coordination in the NexGen MDL

Parties to NexGen MDL Ask Court to Decide Whether Tax Returns Discoverable

Plaintiffs and defendants in the Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant MDL have submitted briefs supporting their differing views on whether plaintiffs claiming economic losses should be required to produce tax returns.

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