Five Stryker Recall Settlements Follow Early Mediation Efforts in New Jersey
Another Stryker recall lawsuit over the company’s Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip has been settled due to mediation efforts in a consolidated New Jersey litigation, according to reports.
Court records show that this case had been chosen to participate in Phase I of the Bergen County proceeding’s early mediation process, which got underway in December 2013. According to documents filed last week, this agreement follows four others that have been reached thus far in the litigation.
Stryker Recall Litigation to Launch Phase II of Early Mediation in February
The judge presiding over Stryker lawsuits in New Jersey Ordered last week that Phase II of mediation will soon begin, and has since directed the parties to select cases that may be eligible for its second round on or before February 4. As per the January 28th court filing, final selections will be announced by the Court on February 11, and will be scheduled for mediation in March and April 2014. A recent Case List update indicates that the number of cases filed in this proceeding is continuing to grow. At the end of January, an update posted on the Court’s website showed that 664 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits had been filed.
These cases were brought on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced pain, swelling, symptoms associated with metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other adverse tissue reactions following implantation of the modular-neck hip stems. Among other things, plaintiffs claim to have sustained premature device failure complications that resulted in revision surgery prior to Stryker Orthopaedics’ recall of the implants on July 6, 2012, before which time it is estimated that 20,000 implants were sold in the U.S. Company data indicates that these cobalt-and-chromium hips were taken off the market after they were shown to fret and corrode, possibly causing metallic debris to shed into the blood stream.
Similar actions against Stryker are also pending in a federal litigation now underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. As per a Case List update on January 15, more than 600 Stryker lawsuits alleging the company’s failure to adequately warn about the side effects associated with its product had been filed by plaintiffs who say that the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems were designed defectively.
Filing a Stryker Lawsuit
If you were injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacement implant, contact an attorney today to start the process of filing a lawsuit. We can be reached directly at (877) 779-1414.