Hip & Knee Implant Litigation

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Issue #9, March 2012

Judge in New Wright Medical Hip Implant MDL Schedules Organizational Meetings

The judge assigned to the newly created Wright Medical hip implant multidistrict proceedings has issued his first procedural order, which includes a mandate that counsel re-file any motions outstanding in the transferor courts by March 26.

Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel Divides $506,140 in Durom Cup 'Common Benefit' Account

A federal judge has ordered defendants in the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant MDL to transfer $506,140 currently held in reserve from recent settlements to plaintiffs' liaison counsel for "common benefit" fees and expenses.

Pa. Federal Judge Finds Trident Hip Claims Preempted or Not Viable

A federal judge has dismissed allegations that a Trident hip implant system was negligently designed or manufactured, finding the causes of action either preempted by the federal Medical Device Amendments of 1976 or otherwise not viable.

In-State Defendant Moves to Dismiss Md. Plaintiff's Biomet Hip Implant Claims

An in-state supplier of Biomet medical devices has moved to dismiss claims brought against it by a Maryland hip implant patient whose state-court lawsuit was removed to federal court last month.

Zimmer Moves to Remand 14 'Non-MDL Component' Cases From NexGen MDL

Plaintiffs in the Zimmer NexGen knee implant MDL have until April 5 to respond to a motion to remand 14 cases defendants say would expand the coordinated proceedings beyond what the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation intended.

ASR Hip Implant Parties Schedule More Depositions of DePuy Execs

Parties to the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation are continuing to file notices and cross-notices of upcoming depositions of executives for DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Johnson & Johnson affiliates.

UK Analysis Finds High Failure Rates in Larger Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

A British review of the stability of large diameter, metal-on-metal hip implants in more than 30,000 patients resulted in a finding that such systems have a higher than normal

DePuy Counters Va. Hip Implant Plaintiff 's Bid to Vacate Transfer to Pinnacle MDL

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. has answered a Virginia hip implant plaintiff's motion to vacate a conditional order transferring the case to the Pinnacle Hip Implant MDL in Texas, citing the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's previous rejections of such pleas.

JPML Separates Pinnacle Hip Implant Claims from Transferred Wright Medical Case

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has conditionally transferred a California hip implant case to the newly created Wright Medical Technology MDL in Georgia, but separated and assigned DePuy Pinnacle claims to the Pinnacle MDL pending in Texas.

Specific Allegations Against Sales Reps Support Ky. Plaintiffs' Bid for Remand

A couple's allegation that sales representatives were aware of defects in Wright Medical Technology's Profemur hip system prior to its implantation led a federal judge to conclude that the action should be remanded to state court for lack of diversity.

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