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Parker Waichman LLP Partner to Play Key Role in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

Feb 7, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting victims' rights, has announced that one of its partners has been named to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2197) currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.  The appointment was made by U.S. District Judge David A. Katz in an order dated January 26, 2011.

Judge Katz appointed Ellen Relkin and Steven J. Skikos Co-Lead Counsels of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Other attorneys appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee include:

Esther Berezofsky
Ed Blizzard
Jane Conroy
Leonard A. Davis
Wendy Fleishman
Lawrence J. Gornick
Seth Katz
Mark Lanier
Michael London
Donald A. Migliori
Peter J. Polos
Nava Ward, Jr.

The DePuy ASR Hip Implant Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee will, among other things, conduct and coordinate the discovery stage of this litigation with the defendants’ representatives or committee. The Committee will also act as a spokesperson for all plaintiffs at pretrial proceedings and in response to any inquiries by the Court.

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit issued a worldwide recall for the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the recalled devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it. In an order dated December 7, 2010, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all pending DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits filed around the country before Judge Katz in the Eastern District of Ohio. 

In addition to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Judge Katz's order of January 26 also appointed attorneys as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel and Plaintiffs’ State Liaison Counsels, as well as members of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, the Science Committee, the Discovery Committee and the Laws & Motions Committee. According to Judge Katz’s order, chairs of the additional committees will be appointed by the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. Appointments to the plaintiff committees and/or the creation of additional subcommittees “will be approved, as necessary, as litigation progresses," the order said.

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