(PRWEB) November 16, 2013
Morgan & Morgan is proud to announce that attorney Laura V. Yaeger has been selected to join the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip implant products. The Honorable Judge Donovan W. Frank appointed various leadership roles for the Stryker MDL on November 5, 2013, and by his order, Ms. Yaeger and the other steering committee members will help conduct all pretrial proceedings.
“I’m very flattered to have been chosen as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee,” Ms. Yaeger said. “I’ve spoke to many patients who suffered as a result of this product, and I will work diligently to get them the justice they deserve.”
In 2012, Stryker issued a voluntary recall for its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. In its recall, the company claimed that the two metal hip implant components may have the potential to fret or corrode and can consequently cause pain, swelling, or other adverse tissue reactions near the implant. Soon after Stryker’s recall, the first lawsuit involving the company’s Rejuvenate system was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, alleging similar injuries, as well as elevated levels of metal ions in the plaintiff’s bloodstream, according to an August 9, 2012 article on NorthJersey.com.*
More than 40 lawsuits against Stryker were consolidated into a MDL in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in June 2013, under an order issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The plaintiffs allege that Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip implant products are defective, and accuse the company of failing to provide an adequate warning for the implants and failing to properly test the products before releasing them into the marketplace, according to court documents. Although Stryker requested that the MDL only include their Rejuvenate total hip system, the JPML elected to include the ABG II devices because “the devices possess sufficient commonalities to warrant placement in a single MDL,” according to the transfer order. The most recent statistics report** from the JPML showed more than 340 lawsuits are currently pending in the federal MDL against Stryker.
Ms. Yaeger and the mass tort attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are currently investigating claims on behalf of those who allegedly suffered as a result of Stryker’s hip implants. For more information, please visit http://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/stryker-hip-replacement-lawsuit.
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MDL Case No. 2441, in RE: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation