Hip & Knee Implant Litigation

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Issue #3, September 2011

Zimmer Calls NexGen Plaintiffs' Proposed 12-Member Steering Committee 'Inefficient'

Zimmer Holdings Inc. and other defendants are opposing the appointment of a 16-member leadership group for plaintiffs' counsel in the Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant MDL, saying it is inefficient and will cause coordination difficulties.

ASR Hip Implant MDL Judge Says Parties Have Resolved Fact Sheet Differences

U.S. District Judge David A. Katz said that a motion by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. to adopt defendants' proposed fact sheets is moot and that differences between the parties in the ASR Hip Implant MDL have been resolved.

Plaintiff Moves to Amend After Wright Technology Moves to Dismiss Hip Complaint

A California man has moved to amend a complaint alleging defects in a Wright Technology Pro Femur Z Stem Hip implant and asked the court to cancel a hearing on the defendant's motion to dismiss the original complaint.

Zimmer Sees Progress in Durom Discovery, Asks to Continue Status Conference

Defense liaison counsel in the Zimmer Durom Hip Cup MDL asked a magistrate judge to continue a scheduled status conference until October, saying that recent meetings with plaintiffs' counsel have advanced discovery.

Coordinating Judge Adds 640 Add-On Cases to California DePuy ASR Docket

The California state judge overseeing that state's coordinated DePuy ASR Hip Implant docket has granted petitions adding more than 640 cases to the 46 included in the initial coordination order in March.

NexGen MDL Judge to Reconsider Stay of Deadlines Imposed by Originating Courts

The federal judge presiding over the Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant MDL has denied a joint motion to vacate or stay deadlines imposed by originating courts but asked counsel to submit a clarification.

ASR Plaintiffs Oppose Fact Sheet Questions on 3rd-Party Funding, Social Media

Counsel for plaintiffs' in the DePuy ASR hip implant MDL say that DePuy's proposed fact-sheet questions on third-party funding of litigation or social media postings are better left to discovery in individual cases.

5th Circuit Reinstates Knee Replacement Action Against Howmedica

A plaintiff's cause of action did not accrue when she experienced pain but rather when her doctor discovered the tentative cause of her injury, a federal appellate court ruled in reinstating a knee replacement suit against Howmedica.

Zimmer Opposes Transfer of 2 "Flex Knee" lawsuits to NexGen MDL

Zimmer Inc. has notified the JPML that it opposes the transfer of two lawsuits alleging defects in the Zimmer Gender Solutions Natural-Knee Flex System implants to the newly created NexGen MDL.

Counsel in Early NexGen Cases Ask MDL Court for Lead, Liaison Roles

Counsel representing plaintiffs in some of the earliest-filed Zimmer NexGen knee implant cases have asked the MDL court to appoint members of their group as lead or liaison counsel and as members of a Plaintiffs' Steering Committee.

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