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Hip & Knee Implant Litigation

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Issue #1, July 2011

3rd-Party Payor Sues DePuy Over ASR Hip Implant Device

A New Jersey employee health benefit fund has filed a proposed class action against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, alleging that they hid problems associated with the DePuy ASR hip replacement system from the public.


N.J. DePuy ASR Hip Implant Cases Assigned to Judge for Centralization

A New Jersey Supreme Court justice has ordered that all pending and future New Jersey DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation cases be assigned for centralized case management to Bergen County Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti.


DePuy Hip Implant Distributor Was Properly Joined, Judge Rules

An Illinois federal judge has remanded a DePuy hip implant injury case to state court, ruling that an Illinois sales distributor was not fraudulently joined to defeat diversity jurisdiction.


Georgia Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction Over Hip Implant Case

A Georgia federal judge has refused to remand a DePuy ASR Hip Implant Device case to state court, ruling that the plaintiff failed to bring a viable claim against the sole Georgia defendant, a medical device distributor.


Minn. Plaintiff Alleges Defects in Components of Zimmer 'NexGen Knee'

A Minnesota man complains in a recent federal court filing that individual components of his "Zimmer NexGen Knee" replacement system have failed because of defective design and manufacture causing him significant pain and requiring additional surgery or another total knee replacement.


Zimmer Settles with Fla. Plaintiff Alleging Defect in Natural-Knee® Flex System

A Florida mediator, who two weeks ago reported that the parties were at an impasse, notified a federal judge on June 1 that Zimmer US Inc. has settled on undisclosed terms with a plaintiff claiming that her Natural-Knee® Flex System failed because of a defect.


Mo. Federal Court Rejects Transfer to MDL and Remands DePuy Hip Case

A Missouri federal judge has remanded to state court a hip implant action against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., rejecting DePuy's contention that the plaintiff's physician was "fraudulently misjoined" to defeat diversity jurisdiction.


Judicial Panel Assigns DePuy Pinnacle MDL to Northern District of Texas

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has assigned all DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant case to Judge James E. Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas for all pretrial proceedings.


Judicial Panel Refuses to Vacate 16 Conditional DePuy ASR Transfers

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a motion to vacate the conditional transfer of 16 actions to the DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, saying pending motions to remand can be decided by the transferee judge.


San Francisco Judge Considers Petition to Coordinate DePuy Pinnacle Implant Cases

The Judicial Council of California has assigned San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer to consider a petition to coordinate DePuy Pinnacle hip implant cases in a separate proceeding from existing DePuy ASR implant cases, but before the same trial judge.


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