The first bellwether trial in a federal multidistrict litigation involving the metal-on-metal Wright Conserve hip replacement is scheduled to begin in March of this year, court documents indicate.

According to a recent scheduling order, the hearing’s start date is slated for March 9th, 2015, and will take place in Atlanta. The case will involve the Wright Conserve hip replacement, which has allegedly been associated with pain, swelling, symptoms associated with metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other complications of premature device failure. Not unlike more than some 400 lawsuits now pending in the federal litigation, which was established three years ago in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, this metal hip complaint alleges Wright Medical’s failure to properly warn about side effects of its product. According to lawsuits, these issue stem from the hip’s metal “ball” and “socket” shedding metallic debris over time.

Wright Conserve Trial Kicks off Litigation’s Bellwether Trial Series

As per the Court’s scheduling order, a final pretrial conference has been set for February 26, 2015, at which time parties will discuss issues related to the Wright Conserve hip lawsuit that is currently being prepared for trial. This case is part of a series that make up a “bellwether program” that will hopefully serve as an indicator of how future juries will react to evidence and testimony presented in hearings for similar claims against the hip manufacturer. Such a process is designed to conserve resources of the court when thousands of lawsuits are centralized in a single jurisdiction. Attorneys representing Wright Conserve hip claimants, as well as patients who were injured by similar hip replacements will be closely monitoring this and other trials, to see how the nationwide metal-on-metal hip litigation will be affected.

Complications alleged in Wright Conserve lawsuits bear similarity to those included in claims filed over the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System, as well as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. Over the past few years, thousands of lawsuits have been filed over these devices, which are no longer available on the U.S. market.

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Call a Wright hip lawyer to learn about the process of filing a Conserve-related claim. By doing so, you may be entitled to compensation for injury-related damages. Contact us today: (877) 779-1414.

Published January 8, 2015 by