Answers to Metal-on-Metal Hip Questions Come Slowly but Surely

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In many ways, the rise and fall of metal-on-metal hips has been like an uncontrolled experiment. Manufacturers performed minimal testing on the devices prior to releasing them into the marketplace. As metal-on-metal hips began to fail in patients, manufacturers took measures to delay – or avoid altogether – any acknowledgement that there was a problem […]

Stryker Bellwether Trial Categories Established in Federal MDL

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Federal MDL in Minnesota Establishes Stryker Bellwether Trial Categories A small group of Stryker hip cases are being prepared for early trials, which are known in mass tort as “bellwether trials.” Bellwether trials are a way for the parties to determine how each case might be resolved if it were brought to trial. Thus, the […]

Broadspire Reimbursement Program for Hip Devices

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As we discussed in a previous post, Stryker Orthopedics and DePuy Orthopedics have both hired Broadspire, a third-party claims administrator, to issue reimbursements for out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG II, and DePuy ASR hips. Our office has been pursuing defective hip device cases for several years now. We work […]

FDA Publishes Guidelines for Chromium and Cobalt Testing

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It is very important that patients with metal-on-metal implants are monitored and receive the appropriate chromium and cobalt testing. As we pointed out in a post last fall, definitive answers to metal-on-metal questions are difficult to come by: “Since the manufacturers of MoM devices did not study the effects of metal wear, people have likened […]

Biomet Hip Settlement – M2a Magnum Hips

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We are happy to report some good news regarding a recently-announced Biomet hip settlement. Yesterday, the Court proposed a settlement between Biomet and the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) of the multi-district litigation on behalf of all plaintiffs who suffered a metal-on-metal  (MoM) related failure of their Biomet M2a 38 or Biomet M2a Magnum hip device. […]

Will We See More Stryker Hip Settlements in 2014?

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Stryker Hip Settlements in 2013: So far, four Stryker hip cases have settled in mediation in New Jersey State Court. These cases were among the ten chosen by the parties and Judge Martinotti for mediation in late 2013. As part of the terms, the settlement amounts will not be disclosed. Currently, over 500 more cases […]

Stryker Hip Settlements in New Jersey

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Four Stryker Hip Settlements in New Jersey, Attorneys Continue to Mediate Cases Last week, attorneys negotiated Stryker Hip settlements on four cases that were filed in New Jersey State Court. The cases were among six that were chosen by both parties and by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Brian Martinotti. Negotiations on the other two […]

Warning: DePuy Lawsuit Funding Sites May Mirror Official Settlement Site

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The recently-announced DePuy settlement has gathered plenty of media attention, which has generated many questions regarding DePuy lawsuit funding. No matter how well-executed or -organized a settlement announcement may be, there will still be a decent amount of confusion and/or misinformation as the word rapidly spreads. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of rogue websites and soliciting companies […]

Most Metal-on-Metal Hips Banned in United Kingdom

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Almost all metal-on-metal hips have unacceptably high failure rates, according to UK regulators: The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) has recently decided to ban most metal-on-metal hips in UK hospitals. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the non-departmental public body that publishes guidelines for the use of health technologies within the […]

Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $2.475 Billion in DePuy ASR Settlement

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DePuy ASR Settlement Confirmed In 2010, DePuy Orthopedics (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) recalled its ASR hip implants. This marked the beginning of an extensive litigation for those injured by the defective device. Yesterday, Johnson & Johnson announced they’ve reached a settlement for DePuy ASR revision cases. Several news sources – many of which are […]

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