Hip & Knee Implant Litigation
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Issue #3, September 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.