Stryker Hip Lawsuit Filings Following LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recall Prompt Push for Centralization
Plaintiffs who have filed Stryker hip lawsuits in state and federal courts following the recall of certain LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads are seeking to have their cases centralized in mass tort proceedings. Decision on the various petitions and motions could come some time in the next month.
Stryker Hip Recall
Stryker released an “Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification” in August 2016, warning that certain LFIT V40 Femoral Heads had been associated with a higher-than-expected number of complaints involving taper lock failure. This occurrence may lead to loosening of the implant, adverse local tissue reactions and other serious complications that could necessitate revision surgery to remove and replace the device. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) later designated Stryker’s action a Class 2 recall, which indicates that the LFIT V40 Femoral Heads could lead to reversible or temporary health problems.
According to RXInjuryHelp.com, Stryker’s LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads are used in combination with a number of the company’s modular hip implants, including:
- Accolade TMZF
- Accolade 2 Stems
- Meridian Stems
- Citation Stems
Plaintiffs Expect Massive Litigation
Since Stryker issued its notification, a number of hip replacement lawsuits involving the recalled femoral heads have been filed in state and federal courts around the country. Today, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will hear Oral Arguments on a motion requesting the centralization of all such federal claims in a single U.S. District Court for the purposes of coordinated pretrial proceedings. When plaintiffs filed their petition in January, there were six LFIT V40 femoral head cases were pending in federal courts. However, plaintiffs claim that the litigation could ultimately grow to include thousands of similar lawsuits. (In RE: Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 Femoral Head Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2768)
New Jersey’s Multicounty Litigation Center is also considering a proposal to centralize that state’s LFIT V40 docket in Bergen County Superior Court. According to a petition filed by plaintiffs in January, 85 cases involving the recalled components were already pending in that jurisdiction. Comments on the proposal were to be submitted to the Acting Administrative Director of the Courts no later than March 6th.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has successfully represented hundreds of people in hip replacement lawsuits involving allegedly defective components manufactured by Stryker and other companies. If you or a loved one experienced complications that may be related to Stryker’s latest hip implant recall, please call 877-779-1414 to learn more about your legal rights.