Attorneys at mctlaw win a legal victory for people across the country in the Pinnacle hip replacement litigation. A federal judge ruled that 33 cases could be reinstated against Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey state court where J&J is headquartered. This means people from around the country may be able to file lawsuits in New Jersey, giving them an important choice in where to bring their case against J&J.
The 33 plaintiffs initially filed suit in New Jersey state court against J&J and J&J’s orthopedic division, DePuy Orthopaedics. The plaintiffs intentionally picked New Jersey state court because it is the home of J&J and strategically important. However, in an attempt to wrangle control away from the plaintiffs and transfer the cases to their preferred jurisdiction in federal court, the defendants argued that J&J was not a proper defendant in the case. However, Judge Zahid N. Quraishi, of the federal court, sided with mctlaw attorneys. Judge Quraishi found that “the Complaint pleads colorable claims … against J&J Defendants.” As a result, Judge Quraishi refused to dismiss J&J and sent the case back to state court.
What this Victory Means for Future Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits
Any new Johnson & Johnson Pinnacle hip lawsuits can now be pursued in New Jersey state court, allowing future plaintiffs the opportunity to pursue their cases in a court of their own choosing, instead of a court of defendants’ choosing.
mctlaw is a national leader in defective joint replacement litigation litigation. Our attorneys filed the first metal-on-metal hip lawsuit in the United States. Our Firm’s tech-forward approach gives us an edge in preparing these cases for trial and leveraging that preparation for the best possible outcomes. The legal team at mctlaw is licensed to practice law in state, federal, district, and circuit courts throughout the nation.