Stryker Opposes Remand of Metal Hip Lawsuit to California State Court, Federal Stryker Recall Litigation Plans to Discuss Matter in November
A metal hip manufacturer has motioned to keep a Stryker lawsuit in the federal Minnesota litigation in which it is currently filed, and opposes its removal to California state court, according to recent records.
In its brief, Stryker Corp. says the case should not be remanded to Sacramento County Superior Court, where it was originally brought by a Plaintiff whose now-recalled Rejuvenate hip stem allegedly failed early and caused him to sustain injuries. After being implanted with the device in May 2010, the California resident had it removed just two years later, in June 2012. The federal judge overseeing the litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota has scheduled a conference on November 21, 2013 to discuss whether the lawsuit will be moved to state court.
700 Cases Filed in Wake of Stryker Hip Recall
Court records indicate that the Case List is growing at a rapid rate in this proceeding, with at least 346 claims now filed in the wake of last year’ Stryker hip recall. In a consolidated litigation established in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, approximately 433 cases have been filed since the recall, which affected 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
The Stryker hip recall was issued on July 6, 2012 after the manufacturer became aware of post-market surveillance data that indicated the Rejuvenate and ABG II metal hip replacement’s potential to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. As a result of the device’s potential to fail early, hundreds of metal hip claimants now allege pain, swelling, metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other side effects.
Individuals who received the Stryker Rejuvenate and/or ABG II modular-neck hip stems are advised to seek medical attention whether or not they are experiencing symptoms that indicate premature failure, though. On its website, Stryker Corp. has recommended that all hip implant recipients undergo routine blood testing and cross-sectional imaging to monitor for elevated metal ion levels, which may be caused by the accumulation of metallic debris in the body. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has similarly advised that individuals who received metal-on-metal implants seek medical attention if they are experiencing symptoms that may indicate premature failure.
Contact an Attorney to File a Stryker Recall Lawsuit
Call a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out more about filing a Stryker hip recall lawsuit. The Firm can be reached at (877) 779-1414.