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Issue #8, February 2012

JPML Will Consider Objections to Hip and Knee MDL Transfers at March Meeting

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's schedule for its March 29 meeting in San Diego includes more than a dozen hip and knee implant cases in which plaintiffs or defendants oppose transfer to an MDL.


Zimmer Withdraws Motion to Apply Hague Convention Rules to Swiss Discovery

Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Zimmer Inc. have withdrawn their motion for an order applying the provisions of the Hague Convention to Swiss evidence sought by plaintiffs in the Durom Hip Cup multidistrict litigation.


Court Addresses Scheduling of Depositions in DePuy ASR MDL

The presiding judge in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant MDL has assigned lead counsel the responsibility for scheduling all generic depositions of company witnesses, but said the court would continue to coordinate with state courts.


N.J. NexGen Plaintiffs, Zimmer Defendants, Swap 'Forum Shopping' Accusations

Counsel for six of the eight plaintiffs cited in Zimmer Holdings Inc.'s application to coordinate the state's NexGen Flex knee implant cases have submitted written objections, saying the move is unnecessary and an attempt at forum shopping.


Kansas Jury Finds for Surgeon in Hip Implant Trial

A Kansas jury has rejected malpractice claims against an orthopedic surgeon sued by a patient over a failed total hip implant


Va. Plaintiff Sees Unique Diversity Issue in Moving to Vacate MDL Transfer

A Virginia plaintiff who opposes transfer to the DePuy ASR MDL asserts in a brief filed in support of her Motion to Vacate that the liability of an in-state defendant is unique to Virginia and is best decided by the transferor court.


5th Circuit Reinstates 'Parallel' State Law Claims in Trident Hip Case

A federal appeals court has reversed dismissal of some state-law claims to the extent that they rely on Stryker Corp.'s alleged failure to comply with Food and Drug Administration requirements in manufacturing its Trident PSL Acetabular Shell.


Zimmer Opposes Transfer of Missouri Knee Implant Case to NexGen MDL

Zimmer Inc. has notified the JPML that it will oppose the transfer of a Missouri woman's knee implant case to the NexGen Knee proceedings in Illinois, saying the dispute does not fall within the scope of the MDL.


Ill. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Wright Medical in Profemur® Hip Suit

Claims that a hip prosthesis manufactured by Wright Medical Technology was unreasonably dangerous have been dismissed by a federal judge, who found no basis for the claims under either a risk-benefit analysis or an ordinary consumer expectations test.


Issue #7, January 2012

Durom Cup MDL Court Grants 2 Motions to Reduce Benefit Fund Assessments

A federal magistrate judge has granted motions to reduce the common benefit fund assessments against two plaintiffs in the Zimmer Durom Cup MDL who maintained that they litigated and settled without significant assistance from other counsel.


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