ATLANTA -- The Cochran Firm - Atlanta attorney, Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr., has been selected for a leadership position in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant mass tort multidistrict litigation.
Federal Judge David A. Katz appointed Mr. Sistrunk to the Discovery Committee which will be responsible for leading and directing the discovery efforts for all federal lawsuits related to the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant and ASR Hip Resurfacing System manufactured by Johnson and Johnson's orthopedic division, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. All federal lawsuits related to the DePuy ASR implants will rely on the evidence developed by the Plaintiffs' MDL Discovery Committee.
A National partner of The Cochran Firm, Mr. Sistrunk is chairman of the national firm's executive committee and managing partner of the firm's Atlanta office. He has over 27 years of experience in handling complex litigation, toxic torts, products liability and medical cases. Other attorneys with The Cochran Firm serving on the mass tort litigation team are Jane Lamberti Sams, The Cochran Firm - Atlanta, Farrest Taylor and Angela Mason, The Cochran Firm - Dothan, and Douglas Fees, The Cochran Firm - Huntsville.
"It is an honor to represent The Cochran Firm in this leadership position with the DePuy Litigation case management," said Mr. Sistrunk. "The health of thousands of patients has been jeopardized by these defective implants. The Cochran Firm litigation team is currently reviewing 600 cases in the DePuy Hip Implant litigation," he added.
In August, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. (orthopedic division of Johnson & Johnson) issued a recall of its total hip replacement, the ASR XL Acetabular System and its partial hip replacement, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Both of the medical devices were recalled based on data from studies in the United Kingdom which showed the products were failing at a higher rate than expected, causing patients to undergo a second Revision Surgery.
Hezekiah Sistrunk should not be on the Discovery Committee with his reputation of defrauding his own clients. Notice that the news article above says "The Cochran Firm - Atlanta." When clients sue The Cochran Firm for fraud, devious lawyers at The Cochran Firm and Georgia courts declare The Cochran Firm's Atlanta office nonexistent in the State of Georgia. See http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/ - especially court pleadings under the DOCUMENTS tab.
I wondered what judge would appoint such an unethical attorney as Hezekiah Sistrunk to litigate an import case and found disturbing reports about Judge Katz:
The Committee to Expose Dishonest and Incompetent Judges, Attorneys and Public Officials
Final Conclusion of the ABA screening Committee on Judge David Katz’s qualifications
David Katz has shown no evidence of his ability to perform legal analysis or do legal writing required of a Federal judge
To place David Katz on the Federal bench is to put him in an environment which he has no familiarity or experience
David Katz has no background whatsoever in criminal law
David Katz has no jury trial experience
David Katz’s participation in a few arbitration matters does not substitute for his lack of courtroom experience, all of which were of the settlement type and not of the evidentiary type
David Katz’s lack of experience in the courtroom would render him in a learning posture for a “couple of years”
David Katz will have to master the Civil and Criminal Rules, learn the Federal Rules of Evidence and acquire a grasp of their proper interpretation and application.
It is my assessment that The Cochran Firm is used to defraud clients in legal cases to save government entities and certain corporations from clients' lawsuits. The injustice system often victimizes disadvantaged persons, including minorities, handicapped persons, and whites who lack wealth. It does not bode well for DePuy's plaintiffs that Hezekiah Sistrunk will have a key role. If I had a case against DePuy, I would not agree to be represented in the class that will be defended by Sistrunk before Judge Katz, especially if I were a senior citizen. Senior citizens are very undervalued in America. In fact, some officials refer to retired Americans as "lessers."
For more information, please see COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD videos on YouTube, or access links in this article: COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD: http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/cochran-firm-fraud.html
More about Judge Katz and the Depuy litigation is at these two links: J&J Hip Replacement Lawsuits Given to One Judge http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-12-04/j-j-hip-replacement-lawsuits-given-to-one-judge.html
and "Hezekiah Sistrunk Selected for DePuy Discovery Committee"
Another Cochran Firm attorney was placed in a key position to represent claimants against BP regarding the 2010 oil spill. Apparently, minorities will no longer be the only clients defrauded to protect government interests and Big Business.
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