July 13, 2012 – Nearly a year after a panel of judges consolidated all federal Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), lawyers involved with the cases are scheduled to meet with the MDL court today to discuss the upcoming proceedings. When the Zimmer litigation was originally consolidated in August 2011, the MDL panel transferred 18 cases from different federal districts throughout the country to the Northern District of Illinois for coordinated management during pretrial proceedings. Since then, more than 440 additional lawsuits filed in other U.S. District Courts have been transferred into the Zimmer NexGen MDL, with nearly 100 of the complaints coming in the last month alone.
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What’s the problem?
In August 2011, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) made the decision to centralize all Zimmer NexGen knee replacement lawsuits before Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. All of the complaints were filed on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by certain Zimmer knee replacement devices. According to the complaints, the plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by design defects or Zimmer’s failure to provide accurate information about the risk of injury.
At today’s meeting, the MDL court is expected to:
- receive a status report on discovery;
- get information about the coordination of the federal litigation with state court proceedings;
- discuss the status of a trial plan;
- consider motions filed to remand certain cases to their original jurisdictions;
- allow Zimmer to contact treating physicians.
The Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits involve problems with the following components:
- Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex
- Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex
- Zimmer NexGen GSF LPS-Flex
- Zimmer NexGen GSF CR-Flex
- Zimmer NexGen MIS Tibia
One of the most recent Zimmer lawsuits was filed last week on behalf of William T. Casper in Ohio. Casper was reportedly implanted with a NexGen knee replacement on his left knee in April 2005, but alleged design defects caused the device to fail, eventually requiring painful revision surgery to remove. The complaint alleges that Zimmer designed and manufactured a defective product, and that it failed to adequately warn the public and medical communities about the risks associated with the device.
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Free Zimmer Knee Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a Zimmer knee, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Zimmer knee injury suit and we can help.