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Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 25, 2014
Stryker hip replacement lawsuits continue to move forward in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court where Stryker hip complaints are mounting in multicounty litigation. Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who is managing the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem litigation, has scheduled a Case Management Conference for the litigation on November 12, 2014. The court’s Master Cast List for the Stryker hip lawsuits shows 2,118 complaints are pending as of October 2, 2014, an increase of 50 new cases since September 10 when the court listed 2,097 complaints. The Stryker hip implant complaints are filed on behalf of patients who received the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems and allege that the medical devices cause tissue damage, metal poisoning, degeneration of bone tissue and other serious health complications. The Stryker hip replacement lawsuits contend that the medical devices are defective and many patients had revision surgery to remove their Stryker artificial hip implant while other patients will likely need revision surgery in the future. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
[judiciary.state.nj.us/mass-tort/abgstryker/caselist.pdf, October 2, 2014]
Wright & Schulte LLC is currently representing clients around the country in Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem litigation. The law firm is offering free legal consultations to individuals who believe they have suffered serious complications such as metalosisas and painful revision surgery as a result of the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. To speak with one of our firms attorneys call 1-800-399-0795 or visit http://www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information on Stryker Hip litigation and other hip replacement lawsuit news.
According to court records, selected Stryker hip lawsuits in Bergen County Superior Court are proceeding through a mediation program. A Case Management Order (CMO) issued on October 8 by Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti, indicated that of the 21 cases selected for Phase I and II of early mediation, 20 cases have settled. The CMO also listed the 10 cases Judge Martinotti selected for Phase III of the mediation. The CMO also noted that the first two Stryker hip bellwether trials are tentatively scheduled for June 15, 2015 and July 13, 2015. According to the CMO, the parties involved in the litigation will continue to meet on the process for selecting cases for the bellwether trials. Judge Martinotti said in his CMO that he would set up a briefing schedule that addresses the issue if the parties have not reached an agreement by November 17, 2014. A lawsuit selected for a bellwether trial is a representative of a larger number of lawsuits that have the same common issues to resolve. The outcome of bellwether trials act as an indicator of trends in similar lawsuits tried in the future.
[judiciary.state.nj.us/mass-tort/abgstryker/cmo19.pdf, October 8, 2014]
Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems in July 2012 due to the potential of the medical devices to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. In its explanation for the recall, Stryker said the neck components of the Rejuvenate and ABG II are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium. According to Stryker, the neck components can wear against each other and create metallic debris which is released into an implant recipient’s tissue or bloodstream. The shedding of metallic debris can result in patients experiencing adverse local tissue reactions, swelling, pain and other problems, according to Stryker. Stryker recommended that surgeons consider performing blood work and imaging on their patients who received the recalled hip implant devices regardless of whether their patients are experiencing pain or swelling. [literature.ortho.stryker.com/files/REJUV_COM_23.pdf] [literature.ortho.stryker.com/files/NL12_NA_HP_433.pdf]
Court documents indicate federally filed Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems complaints are consolidated in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota where discussions are also being held regarding bellwether trials. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441) The 1,908 Stryker hip lawsuits are being managed by U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank. In a pretrial order issued September 19, 2014, Judge Frank agreed to expand the pool of bellwether cases scheduled for jury trial in Summer 2015. Judge Frank also ordered attorneys for both parties to submit an agreed-upon list of proposed bellwether cases by October 17, and if not agreed upon, submit a separate list of proposed lawsuits for the bellwether trials.
[mnd.uscourts.gov/MDL-Stryker/Orders/2014/2014-0919-13md2441ordextdeadlines.pdf, September 19, 2014]
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