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by Dave Moore at 4:04:26 pm

Hip Implant Lawsuits Taking Center Stage

More than 150,000 U.S. patients have purchased DePuy Pinnacle hip implant devices. Experts say the deviceís design can result in metal shavings dislodging inside a patientís body, causing infections and other problems.

Now, The Lanier Firm is leading a national charge to coordinate all DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant lawsuits at one federal courthouse, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a May 16, 2011, hearing in Louisville, Ky., to discuss consolidation of In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244.

The hearing announcement follows the recent national coordination of lawsuits over the DePuy ASR Hip System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, which were recalled in August 2010. The Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier requested the coordination of those cases, and was one of the first attorneys in the nation to file a lawsuit over the DePuy ASR hip implants after the recalls were announced.

Lanier is no stranger to litigation involving product defect claims, including a 2010 case that resulted in a verdict of more than $55 million for a client who was paralyzed while using a defective piece of heavy machinery. The case recently was ranked as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of the year by The National Law Journal.