NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has agreed to centralize all federally-filed product liability claims related to Stryker's recent recall for certain LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads. According to an Order dated April 5th, the federal docket will be transferred to the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, in order to undergo coordinated pretrial proceedings. (In RE: Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 Femoral Head Product Liability Litigation, MDL NO. 2768)
"The JPML found that Stryker hip replacement claims stemming from the LFIT V40 femoral head recall shared enough in common to warrant centralization. These cases will now be subject to coordinated discovery and other pretrial proceedings, which will promote judicial efficiency and preserve the resources of the courts, parties and witnesses involved in this litigation," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is now offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who may have been harmed by Stryker's LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads.
Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head Recall
Stryker issued an "Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification" to surgeons in August 2016, warning that certain LFIT V40 Femoral Heads had been associated with a higher-than-expected number of complaints involving taper lock failure. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) later designated Stryker's notification a Class II medical device recall, which indicates that the affected hip replacement components could cause temporary or medically reversible health consequences. Patients who experience taper lock failure are at risk for serious complications that may necessitate revision of their hip implant, including:
- Loss of mobility
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Joint instability
- Bone fractures around the components
- Leg length discrepancy
- Need for revision surgery
The JPML initially transferred six Stryker hip replacement lawsuits to the District of Massachusetts. However, the Panel's April 5th Order notes that 27 potentially related actions are pending in various federal courts at this time. Those cases, as well as any future federal filings, may also be eligible for transfer to the new multidistrict litigation.
Court documents indicate that dozens of additional product liability claims involving recalled LFIT V40 femoral heads are pending in New Jersey's Bergen County Superior Court. Plaintiffs pursuing those cases have petitioned for Multicounty Litigation designation, which would enable the state's docket to undergo coordinated proceedings before a single judge.
Compensation may be available to individuals who suffered serious complications allegedly associated with defective LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head components. To learn more about filing a Stryker hip lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.
About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3.5 billion on behalf of our clients. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is honored to once again be named to The National Law Journal's "Plaintiffs' Hot List," recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country. This year's nomination marks the thirteenth year the firm has been named to this prestigious annual list.
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Sandy A. Liebhard, Esq.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP
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