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Stryker LFIT V40 Lawsuits Update

Lawyers have requested multidistrict litigation (MDL) status for lawsuits involving the Stryker LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 Femoral Head, a hip replacement device that was recalled after being linked to a high number of complaints.
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February 23, 2017 - Plaintiffs’ lawyers last month filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize all federal Stryker V40 LFIT lawsuits before one judge in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.

The LFIT V40 femoral head has been used in a number of different hip replacement systems, including the Stryker Accolade TMZF, the Stryker Accolade 2, the Meridian, and the Citation hip implant.

In their motion to consolidate, plaintiffs note that the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head was designed to be used in the above and other hip replacement systems, but that its design was flawed. The femoral head is supposed to lock in place on the stem, but the taper lock has been reported to fail because of excessive movement between the head and stem.

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Plaintiffs further allege that Stryker knew that these components were defective for years, but downplayed the risks and failed to warn doctors and patients. They add that each LFIT V40 lawsuit presents “common claims arising under product liability laws” with a common core set of facts, which means the parties would be properly served by the creation of an MDL.

They recommend the District of Massachusetts for the litigation because it provides an easily accessible location, the venue can handle a high volume of cases, and it has very experienced judges. The creation of an MDL will help reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings by different judges, and expedite the litigation process.

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Stryker LFIT Lawsuit Filed in Alabama

April 14, 2017 - According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff underwent total hip replacement surgery in April 2010 with the Stryker Accolade TMZF Hip Stem and the LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral head. Shortly after the surgery, fretting and corrosion occurred between the femoral stem and femoral head junction, according to the lawsuit. This resulted in “trunnionosis,” which is a major factor in hip implant failure.

The plaintiff claims he suffered damage to the hip joint including pain and inflammation, and also developed metallosis, a condition that occurs when friction between the metal ball and socket of the hip joint causes metal particles to be released into the bloodstream.

He suffered from severe pain and discomfort, limited mobility, and soft tissue damage. As a result of these problems, Plaintiff was forced to undergo hip revision surgery in March 2015.

Plaintiff blames Stryker for failing to adequately study the LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral head before bringing it to market, and for failing to adequately warn about its potential risks. He brings counts of liability, negligence, breach of warranties, fraudulent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, and fraudulent inducement and suppression. His wife also claims loss of consortium.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) agreed to centralize all federal product liability lawsuits related to Stryker Corp’s recall of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads to the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. The litigation is In RE: Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 Femoral Head Product Liability Litigation, MDL NO. 2768.

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