Navan Ward, Jr., was selected by a Federal Judge to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the consolidated litigation for cases against DePuy Orthopaedics in the hip implant products liability litigation.

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (January 26, 2011)  – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. attorney Navan Ward, Jr., who practices in the firm’s Mass Torts section, has been chosen to help direct litigation related to the recall of 93,000 defective hip implant parts. Ward is one of 19 lawyers selected to oversee the consolidated litigation as part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC). The litigation, which involves hundreds of cases against the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., which manufactured the hip implants as a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, are consolidated under U.S. District Judge David A. Katz in the Northern District of Ohio.

“It is truly an honor to be selected to participate on the DePuy PSC,” said Ward. “Judge Katz has appointed a very talented group of attorneys to represent the interest of thousands of victims who have had this defective device implanted.  I look forward working with these attorneys and pushing these cases to a successful resolution for all of our clients.”

In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy announced the recall of parts used for hip replacements, after studies pointed to an unusually high rate of revision surgeries connected to the devices. An estimated 93,000 people are affected by the recall. Patients are reporting problems within as little as five years after receiving the hip implants, which use metal-on-metal parts. Patients are reporting problems including pain, swelling and problems walking. The hip implant has shown that it may loosen from the bone, cause fractures in the bone where it is implanted or dislocate. The devices also are linked to a condition called metallosis, or metal poisoning resulting from metal shavings from the devices entering the bloodstream.

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.

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