MONTGOMERY, ALA. (January 23, 2012) – Navan Ward, Jr., a shareholder with Montgomery based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has been selected to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. The litigation involves more than 500 cases consolidated under Judge James E. Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Pinnacle litigation involves allegations of serious adverse events associated with the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, a metal-on-metal hip implant. DePuy Orthopaedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
“I am honored to be selected to work as part of the team investigating these claims on behalf of people injured by defective devices,” Ward said. “It is my hope that we can bring these cases to a successful resolution for our clients, in a timely way.”
Patients who received the Pinnacle implants report problems including loosening of the implant, fracture at the implant site, dislocation of the implant, as well as pain, swelling and trouble walking. Additionally, some of these cases allege illnesses possibly related to the release of tiny metal particles resulting from friction where the metal parts rub together.
Consolidating the cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows the committee overseeing the process to put more pressure and focus on moving the case forward, moving cases more quickly to resolution. Lawyers will coordinate the litigation and work together on issues of science and discovery.
Ward is also serving on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall multidistrict litigation, consolidated under District Court Judge David A. Katz in the Northern District of Ohio, which is a separate MDL regarding claims against the same defendants for a similar defective hip device. Ward also serves as Co-Chair to the DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ).