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Issue #103, December 2019

Ill. Federal Judge Allows Distribution of Funds in NexGen Knee MDL

An Illinois federal judge has granted a motion by plaintiffs in the now-closed Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant multidistrict litigation for distribution of funds set aside for attorneys’ fees and litigation costs.


Stryker LFIT Cases Dismissed in Wake of Confidential Settlement

The judge overseeing the Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 Femoral Heads hip implant multidistrict litigation has dismissed with prejudice actions in which the plaintiffs’ claims were resolved in a November 2018 confidential settlement.


Md. Federal Judge Refuses to Reinstate BHR Hip Action

A Maryland federal judge has refused to reinstate a Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing case, ruling that the plaintiff’s continued failure to file a complete fact sheet constitutes inexcusable neglect warranting dismissal of his case with prejudice.


Georgia Legislative Panel Recommends $250,000 Punitive Damages Cap

A Georgia legislative panel has recommended a series of tort reform measures, which include imposing a $250,000 cap on punitive damage awards in medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury actions.


Non-Manufacturing Sellers May Use ‘Innocent Seller’ Provision as Affirmative Defense, Miss. High Court Rules

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the “innocent seller” provision of the state’s Products Liability Act provides an affirmative defense for non-manufacturing product sellers because it gives immunity to innocent sellers without placing a burden of proof on a plaintiff.


Md. Federal Judge Deems BHR Hip Plaintiff’s Missed Court Deadlines ‘Inexcusable’

A Maryland federal judge has refused to reinstate a lawsuit targeting Smith & Nephew Inc.’s Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant, ruling that the plaintiff’s failure to timely provide a complete fact sheet prejudiced the defendant and wasted the court’s time and resources.


Plaintiff in Smith & Nephew Hip Case May Not Amend Manufacturing Defect, Warranty Claims

A Mississippi federal judge has denied a plaintiff’s motion to amend his manufacturing defect claim in a Smith & Nephew hip replacement action, finding the proposed amended claim does not explain how the components deviated from specification.


Zimmer Seeks to Interview Bellwether Plaintiffs’ Surgeons in M/L Taper Hip MDL

Zimmer Inc. has asked the judge overseeing the MDL docket for cases involving its M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis or M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis with Kinectiv Technology and VerSys Femoral Head to allow it to conduct informal interviews with the bellwether plaintiffs’ surgeons.


Zimmer M/L Taper Hip MDL Judge Adopts Parties’ Proposed Amended Schedule

The judge overseeing the MDL docket for cases involving the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis or M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis with Kinectiv Technology and VerSys Femoral Head has adopted the parties’ proposed amended schedule, setting Jan. 25, 2021 as the date for the first bellwether trial.


9,903 Cases Pending on DePuy Pinnacle Hip MDL Docket, Filing Says

As of Dec. 2, there were 9,903 product liability cases pending on the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation docket pending in Dallas, according to a recent filing.


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