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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.

2 Very Different E-Readers & How the Market Has Consolidated

The Lure of the Amazon

Amazon is the biggest bookstore in the world right now.  From its humble beginnings as a loss making bookstore, the company has grown to become the biggest go-to-place for all online goods, from clothing to computers and furniture to bicycles.  Yet despite all this, it has remained true to the premise of the book store and in 2007, we saw the launch of the ground-breaking Kindle e-reader.  After selling out in just five and a half hours, the Kindle has gone through a number of changes.  Apart from the colour tablet, the Kindle Fire, these devices all have one thing in common: e-ink.

E-ink is a display that, instead of emitting light like the LCDs in tablet computers, reflects light like the page of a physical book.  While this means that it cannot be read in the dark, it does mean that reading it puts no strain upon your eyes.  The technology in e-ink is an electrophoretic display and the display is updated by rearranging charged pigment particles using an electric field.  Currently, all the major e-readers on the market use E Inks technology to power their devices. However there is increasing competition from other rivals and this competitive charge has somewhat developed into a bit of an arms race.

Colour Me In

If you want colour as well as your E-Ink screen, then you’ll currently have to go for a tablet computer such as the iPad or one of the smaller 7” models from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  There is one major downside to this: they all use LCD screens.  While this means that rich media is readily available and visible – on the high end tablets in full HD – it also means that, for reading, your eyes are going to get tired a lot sooner.  Therefore, developers of e-paper have been searching for a colour alternative. This uses carbon-based conductive polymers instead of silicon or copper, producing items that are more flexible.

This has led to the development of flexible, almost indestructible organic screens which are now progressing into colour.  The drawback so far is that these screens cannot display full video as of yet, delivering just 12fps.  The colour is gained by placing a second layer of plastic over the first and filtering each group of 4 pixels through an RGB filter (the fourth remains black and white).  This reduces the PPI of the device, but it’s a step in the right direction for the technology.  One area that this technology really holds the upper hand in is its durability: the display can be dropped, stood on and even cut in half and it will still work. 

With billions wasted every year replacing broken screens on mobile phones and tablets, this is a huge selling point for this technology.  It’s inevitable that it will break through, the question is when.

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5 Killer Facts About The Consolidated Student Loans

If the repaying would be as easy as taking the student loans, there would be no need for the consolidated student loans. Around 70 % of the students take the student loans with an average sum of $ 22.700, but this sum does not include those, who interrupted the studying.

1. The Federal And Private Consolidated Student Loans.

It is a slight problem, if a student has taken both the private and federal loans, because if he has a need for more disposable money, he cannot consolidate these two together, but private must be consolidated as their own group and so must the federal ones. This comes from the fact, that the federal loans have special terms, which the private loans do not have.

2. Private Loans Have Flexible Rates, But Federal Loans Have Fixed.

If a student has taken private and federal student loans and want to change into consolidated student loans, it is not possible. On the private side the interest rates are flexible, i.e. they depend on the credit score of the borrower, but on the federal side they are fixed.

3. Special Terms Of The Federal Loans.

Here are the most important ones: you can defer the consolidated loans payments if you go back to studying. You can avoid the payments if you meet a serious economic situations. You can deduct the paid interests in the taxation. And if you will pass away, the federal loans are forgiven.

4. How To Qualify For The Federal Loans.

First, the sum of your loans must be at least $ 10.000. You must be graduated and in the grace period or repayment period. You cannot be in a default status with any of your loans. It is needed, that you are a permanent U.S citizen and that you have not consolidated the same loans before.

5. The Flexible Federal Loan Repayment Alternatives.

You can choose from four alternatives. The standard payment means the same sum payments every month. The graduated payments means gradually increasing payments month after month. If you will choose the income sensitive payments, they will follow your income development.

The extended payment means, that you have to pay at least a certain minimum amount every month or in some certain time. These were the facts, which were able to handle in a short article. It is very important to get the expert guidance concerning all details and your own personal customized information. The loan consolidation is so serious and complicated thing, that you must be sure to which you commit yourself.

Juhani Tontti, B.Sc., Marketing. Your benefits from the consolidated student loans are many, but before you decide on the student loan consolidation talk with an expert. Visit: consolidate student loans

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