DePuy hip implant bellwether trials set in Ohio, Texas

Posted by Sarah Showard | Sep 19, 2012 | 0 Comments


A U.S. District Court judge in Ohio has scheduled the first bellwether trial for lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., alleging defects in the metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement system. A bellwether trial is used for multiple lawsuits with common complaints. The Ohio trial is set for May 2013. Attorneys were ordered to submit four trial candidates to the judge. Since December 2010, more than 1,000 similar cases were filed and are included in this Multidistrict Litigation case.

A federal judge in Texas, meantime, has set a December 2013 trial date for the first bellwether Multidistrict Litigation case involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip implants, which were designed for younger patients. More than 1,800 complaints are involved in that case.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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