September 17, 2012 – A federal judge has ruled that plaintiffs who have filed product liability lawsuits over Wright Conserve artificial hip implants may obtain information and discovery from the company regarding issues with its Profemur femoral neck stem, a separate hip component that has been the subject of numerous lawsuits around the country. All claims filed over the Wright Conserve on the federal level have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia before Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. According to a discovery order issued earlier this month by Duffey, Wright Medical will be required to produce certain documents requested by the plaintiffs, entitling them to obtain information about the function and design of the neck component, as well as details of the investigation into the Profemur’s design flaws, which have been found to include corrosion, fretting, and device failure.
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What’s the problem?
Over the past several months, plaintiffs in the Wright Conserve MDL have petitioned the manufacturer for certain documents that relate exclusively to the Profemur stem, which the company has vehemently opposed revealing. As a result, Judge Duffey issued a Discovery Order on September 5, which required Wright Medical to produce the documents being requested by the plaintiffs.
“The Court finds that information regarding the Profemur neck is relevant to the claims in this action and reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence,” wrote Judge Judge Duffey in the Discovery Order.
Once thought to be a revolutionary breakthrough in prosthetic hip technology, the Wright Conserve system features a metal ball that rotates inside an acetabular cup. Plaintiffs involved with the litigation contend that design problems with the Conserve cause the release of microscopic metal particles in the body (a condition known as metallosis), which can lead to severe side effects and the need for painful revision surgery within a few years of being implanted. The claims in the Conserve MDL are similar to those raised in other metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits, including complaints over the DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip replacement devices, as well as the Biomet M2A-Magnum hip.
Outside the scope of the federal litigation, a number of individuals have filed Wright Profemur lawsuits on the state level. These complaints allege that the Profemur femoral neck features an unreasonably dangerous design, which has the potential to fracture, break, degrade, fret, and ultimately fail.
Last month, Wright filed a report with the securities and exchange commission (SEC) which estimated that their liability for lawsuits brought by individuals who required revision surgery after being implanted with a Profemur titanium femoral neck is likely to be between $24 million and $39 million. The company stated that it plans to pay out the majority of any settlements involving Wright Profemur fractures within the next four years.
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