Plaintiffs seek consolidation of state court Stryker hip cases

On September 19, 2012, attorneys representing plaintiffs who have been injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implant devices filed a petition requesting the State of New Jersey to designate the litigation as “multi-county” litigation. The petition, filed on behalf of 10 plaintiffs from New Jersey, Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, seeks to have a coordinated docket created in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey. Plaintiffs’ counsel cited the courts central location, proximity to defendant’s headquarters and Judge Brian Martinotti’s previous experience with metal-on-metal hip implant litigation. Judge Maritnotti is currently overseeing the state court cases involving the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip devices.

The Rejuvenate and ABG II, unlike other defective hip replacement systems, are not classified as metal-on-metal devices because they do not contain metal ball and socket components. They consist of interchangeable cobalt and chromium (CoCr) necks and titanium-coated stems. However, because of the cobalt and chromium neck and titanium stem articulation, patients may experience the same complications as patients with other metal-on-metal devices including, increased metal ion levels in the blood, metal sensitivity, bone deterioration, swelling, pain, pseudotumors and nerve and tissue damages. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms are urged to contact their orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible.  Click Here for more information on the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implant devices.

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