State and federal litigations involving Stryker lawsuit claims in the U.S. are continuing to heat up as the summer wears on, according to a string of recent court updates.

In the federal proceeding recently created in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, for example, a Pretrial Order to establish an organizational structure for the litigation was issued by the Court on July 5th. Among other things, the Order noted that the litigation’s first Status Conference would be scheduled for August 2013, with an exact date to be announced later that month. At least 41 claims involving the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems had been filed in federal court at the time these cases were centralized, according to the Transfer Order issued on June 12th by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).

Federally-filed Stryker hip replacement claims allege the metal implants caused them to suffer serious complications manifesting in pain, premature device failure and metallosis (metal ion poisoning), which results when its components rub together and shed metallic debris into a patient’s blood stream. In turn, a patient may experience, pain, swelling, infection or other injuries.

At Least 160 Stryker Lawsuit Filings Now Pending in New Jersey Litigation

Stryker lawsuit claims filed in a state litigation underway in New Jersey are making progress as well. Following a Case Management Conference held in Bergen County Superior Court on June 18th, the judge overseeing proceedings issued an Order addressing issues related to discovery and depositions of witnesses who are in extremis, in addition to procedures regarding written discovery.

According to a Case List update on July 9th, at least 160 Stryker lawsuits had been filed in the litigation, which is scheduled to hold its next Case Management Conference on July 17th at 10:00 a.m.  (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)

All lawsuits filed over the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices have been filed in the wake of July 2012’s Stryker recall, which took these metal hip devices off the market after company data indicated the potential for components to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. It is estimated that 20,000 devices were affected by the recall.

Were You Injured by the Rejuvenate or ABG II Hip? File a Stryker Lawsuit.

If you experienced pain, swelling, metallosis or another injury stemming from the Stryker recall of July 2012, don’t hesitate in filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP directly at (877) 779-1414.

Published July 16, 2013 by