Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits Receive Early Trial Dates in Minnesota, Pool to Be Divided Based on Criteria
A pool of Stryker hip recall lawsuits has been selected for early trial dates in the District of Minnesota, and will soon be narrowed down according to the alleged injuries sustained by each metal hip claimant.
An Order on May 9th indicates that the cases, which allege similar injuries caused by the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may serve in its bellwether trial series, a program designed to help indicate how future juries were judge arguments involving the same product. A federal judge overseeing the proceeding ordered that these claims be divided into categories based on different criteria, including the date of the implant, the specific product received by the plaintiff, and complications that may have stemmed from that particular device.
More than 2,000 Stryker Lawsuits Now Filed in U.S.
A Case List updated on May 15th indicates that 822 Stryker lawsuits are now pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota after being filed by plaintiffs who similarly allege that Stryker Orthopaedics’ failed to adequately warn about its metal implants’ potential to cause pain, swelling, dislocation and other side effects that may require the need for revision surgery. Two months before the May Order, the federal Stryker lawsuit judge filed documents that predicted three to five Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuit trials to be scheduled in the litigation, to begin in the summer of 2015.
If the conclusion of these bellwether trials results in no agreements to settle or resolve more cases over the metal hip, some Stryker lawsuits may be removed to various federal jurisdictions in the U.S.
All the lawsuits filed in this litigation follow a voluntary recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems on July 6, 2012 after post-surveillance data showed the implants’ potential to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. It is estimated that 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II modular-neck hip stems were sold before the recall.
In addition to cases filed in Minnesota federal court, court records indicate that hundreds more have been centralized in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. In a consolidated litigation established there, a Case List updated on May 15th indicates that 1,203 claims have been filed.
How to File a Stryker Hip Lawsuit
Contact our Firm to learn more about Stryker hip lawsuits if you experienced pain, swelling or another complication following the Rejuvenate and ABG II recall in July 2012. Call an attorney today at (877) 779-1414.