It has been just over a year since Stryker announced the voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate hip implant. Our hip implant injury law firm in Miami was one of the first law firms in the country to file a case against Stryker, on behalf of a South Florida woman who developed extreme pain, swelling, and outrageously high blood levels of cobalt and chromium after receiving an artificial hip implant made by Stryker.
Our client then had to undergo an additional revision surgery, and has yet to recover fully. Her case is currently pending in a state court in New Jersey, where Judge Brian Martinotti has ordered that Stryker attempt to resolve the case with her and other pending state court plaintiffs in a mediation proceeding. As of today, we are awaiting the decision on whether her case has been selected for this pilot program.
FEDERAL CASES AGAINST STRYKER
In addition to the cases pending in New Jersey State Court, over 40 other Stryker cases have been filed in various courthouses across the country. Last month, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, or JPML, consolidated the pending proceedings into one centralized docket in Minnesota. Stryker objected to having the new MDL included on two grounds:
- Stryker did not want the ABGII device (another hip implant design) included in this case.
- Stryker wanted the name of the case to be changed from Stryker to Rejuvenate Total Hip System.
Both of Stryker’s requests were denied. The JPML did, however, grant the new judge discretion or the option to separate the Rejuvenate claims from ABG II claims if need be. The JPML officially named the litigation: Stryker Rejuvenate – MDL 13-2441. Leer este artículo en español.
FEDERAL COURT SCHEDULE FOR THE STRYKER HIP LITIGATION
The JPML assigned the Honorable Judge Donovan W. Frank to preside over the complex litigation. Judge Frank was appointed by President Clinton in 1998 to the Minnesota Federal Court after serving on the state district court bench from 1991 to 1996. Judge Frank will be assisted by United States Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel, who was appointed in 1989 and is currently enjoying his third eight-year term.
On July 1, 2013, Judge Frank entered his first order in the Stryker hip implant litigation, staying (or pausing) the requirement for both parties to file responses or additional pleadings until such time as an initial case management conference can be set. Two days later, on July 3, 2013, Judge Frank entered an order setting forth the agenda for the initial status conference to be held at the Warren Burger Federal Building in St. Paul on September 9, 2013, at 1:30 PM.
DO I HAVE A HIP IMPLANT CASE?
Our hip injury claims attorneys are experienced in suing medical device companies like Stryker and De Puy, and we understand the complexity of such proceedings. We are passionate about holding corporations accountable when they place their profits ahead of the safety of others. If you have undergone a hip implant procedure with either a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII or De Puy device, or simply do not know what kind of implant you have, let us help. You may be entitled to file a claim and receive compensation.
We are pleased to offer a free legal consultation to anyone who may have a claim, and we represent victims from across the country, including plaintiffs from Texas, California, New York, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and New Jersey. The Stryker hip implant litigation has moved very quickly in the last year, and it is important to protect your legal rights. Call today: 305-441-0440 or Toll Free: 866-597-4529, or Email me, Spencer Aronfeld.