A Status Conference was held yesterday morning by lawyers continuing lawsuits against Stryker, the manufacturer of hip implants reported to cause significant injury to patients due to metal-on-metal corrosion. The Conference, in New Jersey, is the latest development in a case affectting hundreds of plaintiffs and their families. Later this month, on May 30th, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is set to hear oral arguments on the lawsuit consolidation (Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441).
The allegations revolve around the metal parts of the implants and their potential to break down.
Stryker hip implants Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems were recalled in July 2012 following reports of patient injury from metal corrosion. The allegations revolve around the metal parts of the implants and their potential to break down, leading to heightened blood ion levels, metallosis, and other complications. Stryker themselves have advised patients to seek tests and cross sectional imaging, and more than 145 lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey since the recall. In January the cases were consolidated as multicounty litigation under Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Bergen County Superior Court.