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DePuy Hip Replacement Update: Lawsuits to Be Consolidated in Ohio

Those following the status of the numerous federal court claims against DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson company responsible for creating defective hip replacement devices, may have already known that the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) scheduled a hearing on November 17, in Durham, North Carolina, to hear five motions to consolidate the cases to one MDL federal judge. The hearing occurred as scheduled, but the five plaintiffs (some of which may have been class action groups) and DePuy differed on which federal district court to consolidate the lawsuits. Some wanted them in New Orleans for its geographic centrality, others in Chicago because a group of plaintiffs lived there, some in northern California where the hip implants’ designers work, and DePuy wanted it near its Warsaw, Indiana headquarters. The Judicial Panel decided last week to assign the cases to Judge David A. Katz, a District Court Judge in the Northern District of Ohio, who, according to the Panel, is an experienced transferee judge.

The Panel gave a two distinct reasons for its choice. First, the Panel stated, “Centralization…in the Northern District of Ohio will serve the convenience of parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.” Second, consistent with MDL’s goals, the Panel added, “Centralization…will eliminate duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings on discovery and other issues, and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.” Hopefully, the MDL consolidation will in fact benefit the litigants to easy discovery access, and swifter pretrial proceedings while allowing hip replacement plaintiffs to recover just damages from DePuy.

The Rottenstein Law Group will keep the public updated on the DePuy hip replacement lawsuits. If you or a loved one was injured by DePuy’s defective hip replacements, you should contact RLG for a free initial consultation.

DePuy hip replacement lawsuits will be centralized in Ohio under a Northern District of Ohio Judge.

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Inherited Property May Come with Unintended Debt

Danielle C. was excited despite the loss of her father after a long illness to discover that she had inherited his property as per his instructions in his will. Not knowing anything about real estate law in Spokane, she moved into the property while it was still in probate and began to work on some remodeling projects. She also contacted the lender only to discover that the property was distressed and in a state of default, and that she was looking at possible foreclosure and loss of the home.

Not only that, but the lender claimed that since she inherited the property, the loss of the home and foreclosure would impact her credit. Danielle did not waste any time in consulting with a real estate law firm in Spokane in order to try to get the situation (and her credit) out of trouble.

Most likely, what the lender told Danielle was probably true, but since the property was still in probate, which means that the court had not officially distributed the property to Danielle legally, she might have a chance of not being held liable if she moved out and refused the property. This story does put into perspective how important it is to keep one’s will updated to reflect your best intentions for your loved ones. Danielle’s father had been suffering from cancer and knew that his death was approaching, but his illness also affected his judgment and memory – so he likely did not intend to burden his daughter with his debts.

Fortunately, she and her husband were in good shape financially and were able to pay off debts and refinance the property on their own terms. That may not work out for many people, however, who simply do not have the resources.

Unfortunately, lenders will likely not take the tragedy of death or good intentions into consideration when they seek to collect on money owed. If you have inherited a debt, you will most likely be liable to pay it, although there are some circumstantial conditions which may apply. The first step Danielle took was the best one. If you have inherited debt, seek the counsel of an attorney who practices real estate law in Spokane as soon as possible.  Although Danielle would probably be more able to walk away from her inheritance if the property were in equity rather than debt, her circumstance is a true mixed blessing, to be sure.

Real Estate Law Spokane – The attorneys and legal staff of Burke Law Group provide a high level of legal representation in real estate law in Spokane. If you are looking for a lawyer for estate planning or real estate law, contact Burke Law Group today.



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