By order dated June 12, 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred nearly fifty pending federal Stryker hip lawsuits to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Judge Donovan W. Frank will preside over the MDL docket, which will include all relevant lawsuits filed moving forward.
The JPML’s order resolves a motion made earlier this year by plaintiffs with federal cases involving the problematic Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip products.
Almost one year ago, on July 6, 2012, Stryker announced a recall of the two artificial hip implants because post-market surveillance data showed that the modular necks of those devices are prone to fretting and corrosion, which can cause the patient’s tissue around the implant to swell and become painful.
Stryker “decided to terminate global production of the devices after discovering a potential trend in post-market surveillance data.”