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Ill. Federal Judge Remands Howmedica Hip Implant Action, Says Medical Defendants Not Misjoined

CHICAGO — An Illinois federal judge has remanded a hip implant lawsuit, ruling that the nondiverse healthcare defendants were not misjoined because the claims against them arise from the same transaction and involve common questions of law and fact.

On May 31, Judge Thomas M. Durkin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois further held that severing the claims against the medical defendants is not warranted and would cause the plaintiff to suffer prejudice by requiring him to litigate on two fronts in two separate courts with duplicative discovery and all the cost and delay that ...

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