Eight Stryker Recall Suits Settled in New Jersey Litigation Gearing Up for Phase II of Early Mediation
Eight Stryker hip recall settlements have been reached in a consolidated litigation moving forward in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, recent documents indicate.
According to a Case Management Order on February 27th, 2014, eight of nine claims filed over the now-recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems have been resolved through Phase I of early mediation, which has been completed by nine of ten cases originally chosen to participate in the program. Court records indicate that Phase II is about to begin.
For this phase, parties have each submitted to the Court lists of cases that may be eligible for early mediation. Plaintiffs have chosen specific claims for mediation, and Defendants have been directed to do the same by March 14, 2014. All these Stryker lawsuit filings allege injuries caused by the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II metal hip replacements, which may lead to pain, swelling, metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other symptoms associated with premature device failure. Plaintiffs in these cases go on to say that Stryker Orthopaedics failed to warn about these risks prior to the recall issued on July 6, 2012, which was prompted by post-company surveillance data that showed the implants’ potential to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. It is estimated that 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements were sold in the U.S. prior to the recall.
800 Stryker Recall Lawsuits Pending in New Jersey Court
Court documents indicate that 797 lawsuits had been filed in New Jersey Superior Court as of February 25, 2014, while hundreds more continue to move forward in federal court. In the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, a Case List updated that month showed 570 Stryker recall claims filed in the multidistrict litigation by individuals who allege that the Rejuvenate and ABG II hips were designed and manufactured defectively, given their potential to cause osteolysis, tissue necrosis, adverse tissue reactions and other serious and debilitating complications. Plaintiffs go on to say that these injuries are often irreparable via revision surgery, and that patients may continue to suffer pain and disability even after multiple procedures to remove and replace the devices. (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441)
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