JPML Consolidates Depuy Hip Implant Suits in Texas

By Dietrich Knauth (May 23, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Monday opened a new MDL in Texas to consolidate suits over allegedly defective hip prosthetics made by Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.

The new MDL consolidates in the Northern District of Texas all federal product liability and fraud suits that relate to DePuy's Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System hip implants. The JPML consolidated three actions and identified 54 potential tag-along actions that may be joined to the MDL. The panel said combining the cases was appropriate because the lawsuits all claim DePuy marketed a defective device and failed to warn consumers of...

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