Zimmer Hip Lawsuit News Slowly Developing in Multidistrict Litigation
People looking for Zimmer hip lawsuit news will need to wait a bit longer for an update on the status of the litigation . No developments have come out of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey since the court announced that several “non-settling cases” would move forward in multidistrict litigation (MDL). Despite the lack of breaking Zimmer hip lawsuit news, people considering joining the litigation should remain vigilante and continue to educate themselves about some crucial facts.
Critical Zimmer hip lawsuit events
For one, the device is question is an acetabular component called the Durom Cup. The Durom Cup was involved in a voluntary action similar to a self-imposed Zimmer hip recall in 2008 after the component was found to cause painful complications in a high percentage of people fitted with the device. 12,000 American Durom Cup recipients were affected by the suspension of sales. It is primarily those recipients who are most concerned with the latest Zimmer hip lawsuit news.
Following the temporary Zimmer hip recall, a number of Durom Cup recipients filed product liability lawsuits against Zimmer Inc., one of the largest orthopedic device manufacturers in the world. Dozens of those lawsuits were consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) to more efficiently bring a resolution to the similar but geographically dispersed claims. Since then, many of the claims have been settled in mediation. Zimmer Inc. has set aside nearly $150 million to compensate people affected by the Zimmer hip recall. That settlement fund could grow as more people join the legal action, which is ongoing in the New Jersey federal court.
Zimmer hip lawsuit status conference held on June 29
On June 29, Judge Madeline Cox Arleo presided over a status conference for the MDL, where attorneys on both sides of the litigation set the stage for pre-trial litigation such as witness testimony and discovery. The first Durom Cup lawsuit could go to trial later this year or in early 2012. Damages awarded to people affected by the temporary Zimmer hip recall and resulting hip complications could reach into the millions of dollars.
More Zimmer hip lawsuit news will be published here as it becomes available.