DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits to Be Consolidated?

A motion has been filed to consolidate all DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits in MultiDistrict Litigation either as part of the already consolidated DePuy ASR XL litigation or as a separate MDL. The motion was filed as lawsuits begin to mount concerning problems with the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement.
If the motion is successful, lawsuits would be consolidated so that the discovery process and pre-trial proceedings are able to proceed in a coordinated fashion. Normally, such motions are successful if the court finds that factual issues among the various hip lawsuits are similar.
While the DePuy ASR XL has been recalled and removed from the market after numerous reports of hip failures, the DePuy Pinnacle has not been recalled. However, the Pinnacle metal-on-metal design has been reported to have similar failures and design flaws as the ASR XL. These include hip replacement patients reporting difficulty walking, pain in the joint area, swelling, and a general loss of mobility. As in the DePuy ASR XL models, there are some reports that the Pinnacle hips may lead to metallosis, metal poisoning resulting from the wear and tear of the metal-on-metal components rubbing against each other.