Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit – Multidistrict Litigation Centralized in New Jersey
Dozens of Zimmer hip replacement lawsuits were consolidated in a single New Jersey court, where pretrial proceedings may begin later this year.
On June 9, 2010 the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered all Zimmer hip lawsuits filed in federal courts to be consolidated in one New Jersey court. The order was the first major breakthrough for 12,000 Durom Cup recipients since sales of the Zimmer Durom hip implants were temporarily more than two years ago.
Zimmer Hip replacement lawsuit multidistrict litigation
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a legal process that streamlines mass tort litigation. Like class action, MDL consolidates multiple similar lawsuits filed in different districts, and centralizes the cases with a single judge. However, unlike class action, in MDL the judge assigned merely establishes the facts at the center of the consolidated lawsuits and then usually remands each lawsuit to the district courts where the lawsuits were originally filed.
Susan D. Wigenton of the District of New Jersey has been assigned the consolidated Zimmer hip lawsuits, which contained 45 individual lawsuits when it was approved for MDL. Of the 45 Zimmer lawsuits, 33 had been filed in the District of New Jersey, four in Louisiana, two in Ohio, two in Texas, and one each in Arizona, Illinois and Kentucky.
It’s unclear how many Zimmer hip lawsuits are currently consolidated in the multidistrict litigation, though experts estimate hundreds of plaintiffs with hip implant failure could be involved by the time pretrial proceedings get underway.
Zimmer Durom Cup settlement fund of $100 million
At that time, Zimmer Holdings, a publicly traded company that made more than $4 billion in revenue in 2009, may attempt to reach a settlement with plaintiffs. As determined through public financial statements, the company has set aside more than $100 million to handle costs associated with Durom Cup settlements. In fact, the company has already reached out to many Durom Cup recipients with early settlement offers to those who have suffered painful hip revision surgery. A Zimmer hip recall lawyer would likely advise that Zimmer hip recipients refuse these low ball offers which do not represent fair compensation for the pain and trouble they have been forced to endure and will continue to endure in the future.”