December 3rd, 2010|
The 5 member judicial panel on MultiDistrict Litigation has ordered DePuy hip implant lawsuits be consolidated under Judge David A. Katz, a federal judge appointed by President Bill Clinton in the 1994. Judge Katz is an experienced transferee judge with the time and experience necessary to steer this litigation on a prudent course. The 5 member panel consists of Judges David R. Hansen, Acting Chair, W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., Barbara S. Jones, Frank C. Damrell, Jr., and Paul J. Barbadoro. Judge Katz has prior experience handling complex MDL cases since one of his most recent MDL’s concerned litigation involving the contraceptive Ortho Evra. The Northern District of Ohio (Toledo) is an appropriate venue for the MDL because of the city’s accessibility as well as several potential tag along actions already pending in the court.