Several similar lawsuits are consolidated into a single court under a single judge, which allows for a more inexpensive and efficient pretrial process than what would entail if each of those hundreds of lawsuits were tried separately.
(PRWEB) November 06, 2013
The 600 Stryker lawsuits consolidated in New Jersey Superior Court are moving along as scheduled, according to court documents. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which maintains the Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit website, notes a recent order in which the court is directing parties on matters relating to discovery (the trading of relevant information between parties), including the scope, parameters and timing.
Judge Brian R. Martinotti is overseeing the “multicounty litigation,” which is a consolidation of statewide cases for pretrial efficiency. The Oct. 23 order covers the above-mentioned areas, in addition to other matters such as mediation, according to court documents (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation; MCL-296, Bergen County Superior Court, New Jersey).
“The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II multicounty litigation in New Jersey is similar to the federal multidistrict litigation in Minnesota involving lawsuits over the same products,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “Several similar lawsuits are consolidated into a single court under a single judge, which allows for a more inexpensive and efficient pretrial process than what would entail if each of those hundreds of lawsuits were tried separately.”
This is not the same as a class action, though, Rottenstein said.
“The difference is that with an MCL or MDL each lawsuit is tried or settled separately, giving the plaintiff the potential to recover his or her own damages award,” Rottenstein said.
Federal Lawsuits and Possible Settlements
There are about 350 lawsuits in the MDL in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, according to court documents (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; MDL-2441, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota).
Stryker recently announced, according to an Oct. 23 Wall Street Journal report*, that it was estimating that the cost of litigation for its metal-on-metal ABG II and Rejuvenate hip products will range from $700 million to as much as $1.1 billion.
Serious Adverse Side Effects Alleged
Metal poisoning is among the most frequently alleged adverse side effects of metal-on-metal hip implants such as the Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.** The ailment, also referred to as “metallosis,” occurs when metal debris from the friction among the implant’s metal components sheds into and accumulates in a patient’s bloodstream.
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP represents clients nationally in metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits. RLG encourages hip implant patients to visit its Stryker hip lawsuits FAQ page for answers to questions about Stryker side effects and lawsuits. For updates on lawsuit news, visit RLG's Stryker hip lawsuit Facebook page.
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