Defending itself in the mounting Stryker hip recall lawsuits filed over its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems is no longer Stryker Orthopaedics’ only concern. The company has also taken a financial hit in its third quarter, Reuters reported on Oct. 17.

The company admitted its drop in earnings, which amounts to 1.1 percent overall in sales of reconstructive hip and knee replacement devices, is due in part to the July 2012 recall.

Just a few days after this news made headlines, the 10 patients who filed Stryker hip recall lawsuits after allegedly suffering metallosis, early implant failure and other complications moved to centralize their lawsuits under a single judge in New Jersey.

In an Application for Multicounty Litigation on Oct. 25, plaintiffs requested that all Stryker hip recall lawsuits filed in New Jersey Superior Court be assigned to Judge Brian Martinotti in Bergen County. News of this application was published online via a Notice on the New Jersey Mass Torts Information Center website.

Plaintiffs who filed Stryker hip recall lawsuits suffered injuries after being implanted with the Stryker Orthopaedics-manufactured Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. The devices were voluntarily recalled by the company in July after their components were found to potentially fret and/or corrode at the modular-neck junction, resulting in metallosis (or metal ion poisoning), which occurs when metallic fragments from the implant leak into the patient’s bloodstream, and manifesting itself in pain, swelling and adverse tissue reactions. To safely remove these allegedly faulty devices, patients claim to have been forced to undergo risky revision surgeries.

An estimated 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants were sold by the company before July 6, 2012. Given that information, the number of lawsuits filed over them is likely to rise in the coming months.

Those who wish to comment or object to the request to centralize all lawsuits in a Multicounty Litigation have until November 30th, 2012 to do so, according to the Acting Administrator for the Courts.

Published November 8, 2012 by