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Pinnacle Ultamet and Corin Cormet metal hip cases back in court

Leigh Day back in court to progress claims of over 500 individuals who were implanted with what the claimants argue were defective metal-on-metal hip devices

Hip pain

18 November 2016

On 17 November 2016 Leigh Day were back in court in order to progress the claims of over 500 individuals all of whom were implanted with what the claimants argue were defective metal-on-metal hip devices.
Legal representatives for two of the largest medical device companies in the world, Depuy International Limited, subsidiary of household name Johnson & Johnson, and Corin Cormet plc, met Leigh Day in court in order to agree the next steps that will be taken by the parties in order to prepare this large group of claims for trial that has now been scheduled to begin in October 2017.
Boz Michalowska-Howells, for the Leigh Day claimants, commented: “Yesterday’s hearing takes the claimants an important step forward in preparing our cases for trial. This time next year we will be engaged in one of the largest product liability cases in UK legal history. The claimants’ legal and expert team are working flat-out in order to ensure that we are well positioned to secure the right result for the claimants.”
Meanwhile in the US, Johnson & Johnson are already defending their Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal hip device: Johnson & Johnson are currently in court in Texas, facing their third set of claimants all of whom allege that they, just like the Leigh Day claimants, were injured as a result of their implantation with the Pinnacle Ultamet device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

The jury in the current US Pinnacle Ultamet trial are expected to return a verdict around Christmas 2016. When returned, that verdict will break the current ‘1 all’ deadlock in the US litigation; with Johnson & Johnson having successfully defended their Pinnacle Ultamet device in the first group of US claims (Herlihy Paoli vs Johnson & Johnson), but then suffering a heavy defeat by the claimants earlier this year in the second group of claims (Peterson vs Johnson & Johnson).

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