Judge Susan D. Wigenton Overseeing Zimmer Hip Multidistrict Litigation
Nominated by President Bush in 2006, Judge Wigenton became the second African-America woman ever, and seventh woman overall, appointed as a US District Federal Judge in New Jersey.
Judge Wigenton has a wide variety of experience
In April, Judge Wigenton ruled on cases involving a former New Jersey mayor who mishandled federal funds, a chrome production plant that polluted a community with chromium-6 and a wastewater treatment company that illegally rigged bids to secure Superfund contracts.
Judge Wigenton was born in 1962 in Neptune, NJ. She graduated from Norfolk State University and earned her J.D. at William & Mary Law School in 1987.
Zimmer Hip multidistrict litigation latest challenge
She is overseeing dozens of Zimmer hip lawsuits that have been consolidated in federal court to more efficiently bring about resolution to the similar claims made by plaintiffs involving hip implant complications often requiring hip revision surgery. Nearly all plaintiffs involved in Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation (MDL) have experienced complications with Zimmer’s Durom Cup, a hip replacement system temporarily pulled from the market voluntarily in 2008, in what many people erroneously referred to as a Zimmer Hip recall.
Hip replacement patients eligible to file litigation
At the time, more than 12,000 hip replacement patients had been fitted with the Durom Cup. Many of those initial hip recipients who experienced hip implant failure have retained a Zimmer Hip lawyer to file litigation against Zimmer. Many people have received the Durom Cup since the temporary suspension of sales was lifted. Anyone fitted with the Durom Cup may be eligible to hire a Zimmer hip lawyer and join the litigation.
$150 million in Zimmer Hip settlement reserve fund
So far, nearly $150 million has been set aside by Zimmer Inc. to compensate Durom Cup recipients for pain, anguish and medical costs. That total has grown steadily as the scope of Durom Cup problems has become evident over the years. The settlement reserve may grow further as more plaintiffs join Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation.
Zimmer Hip lawsuit compensation to be determined
In December, Judge Wigenton ordered that the Zimmer hip lawsuits brought by 45 plaintiffs proceed to mediation, where a third party would help sides determine fair compensation for Durom Cup side effects and medical treatment. It is unclear how many plaintiffs reached settlements with Zimmer through mediation.